The Quality of Awe
The Church will experience a new ‘Awe”
Jesus said, ‘We know what we worship’. Knowing what we worship is key and what we ‘know’ is increasing. If we were not in awe of God before we will be. The ‘quality of awe’ on which our worship hinges is about to increase in dramatic proportions.
Awe is defined as, ‘a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder.’ We ought to be in awe of God! But there are distinct levels when it comes to being awestruck. Make no mistake about it though, the quality of awe is increasing in the church. That is, the degree of awe is growing and being reflected in our worship. It is increasing because what we are seeing is shifting. Get ready because the magnitude of what can be seen of God is about to take a leap! It will affect the quality of awe.
The astonishing majesty of Christ is becoming known. Aspects of what God is are now beginning to shine as never before. Of course He has not changed! But what can be known of Him is becoming clearer. This is part of what it means when scripture declares, ‘the knowledge of the glory of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea’.
This unveiling is not limited to the ethereal but could literally be shining through the natural. Now what I am about to write may shock some of you, but perhaps we need to be reminded that the world we see consists of the unseen world. This means changes in the spiritual realm determine how we see the natural realm. This is not just a spiritual principle, it is a physical reality.
It is possible that the world we see is changing before our very eyes. Recently an article made the rounds of social media explaining the history of color. The premise suggested that the color blue as currently known, has only now been seen in recent history. The article refers to the work of an 1858 scholar named William Gladstone, who later became the prime minister of Great Britain. He researched the use of the descriptive color blue in numerous ancient texts to find it conspicuously absent. (Read more-http://uk.businessinsider.com/what-is-blue-and-how-do-we-see-color-2015-2?r=US#ixzz3a6mCXS1q)
The article goes on to say, “ancient languages didn’t have a word for blue — not Greek, not Chinese, not Japanese, not Hebrew. And without a word for the color, there is evidence that they may not have seen it at all.” Furthermore, in older literary works elements like water, which should have been described as a hue of blue, were identified as something else. The thesis points to a prophetic reality we already know to be true. Mainly, that knowledge is increasing.
The most exciting part is that if colors are just becoming known, then something is happening with light itself. The article does not explain it but there is a significance in light relative to color. Color belongs to light and exists in the spectrum of light. When light strikes matter one tiny part of the light spectrum reflects back revealing color. Elements such as water, trees and rock do not possess color, they merely reflect part of light. This is why we see color. Without light, there is no color. What does this mean for us? It means full spectrum of light is becoming visible as never before.
As creation is being illuminated, so too is God. The increasing beauty of creation is actually the evidence that light is increasing. God, and what can be known of Him, is unfolding like the dawn of a new day. As His glory is increasingly unveiled the quality of awe also will increase. Light that was hidden is now becoming… illuminated. As the scripture declares:
“For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.” (Psalm 36:9)
As we approach the end of days, worship will increase. This goes hand in hand with the increase of the Kingdom of God. It anchors back to the fact that light will increase. In His light, light is shining, revealing the fullness of beauty more than it ever has. As the glorious light unfolds the quality of our awe steadily grows. Worship on the earth will increasingly press towards it’s apex as the end of days draws near. So get ready for a quality of awe beyond imagination. If you have ever been captivated by the wonder of God prepare for new levels.