We are in a sermon series called Days of Awe. Last week Pastor Joe defined awe as “reverence, or fear, caused by something grand or powerful.” a very strong feeling of wonder. We seem to have lost that part of the meaning of awe.
Pastor Joe taught us that we must balance two theological concepts of God – His immanence – which means His nearness – and His transcendence – which means He is the creator who is above everything else in creation. He is a holy God who is an all-consuming fire.
So – the balance is that God is far above everything – but He is as near as our breath! God dwells in unapproachable light – but His Spirit lives within us! God calls us His friend – but He is also the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Immanence without transcendence results in overfamiliarity with God where you treat Him like a buddy, and you have no awe of God at all. Matthew 8:23-27 is one of the best passages describing the awe of God.