Shock and Awe

"Fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces." – Leviticus 9:24 NKJV

The Israelites witnessed something amazing as fire came from before the Lord and consumed their offerings. In this overwhelming moment, they could not contain their delight. Not just happy, they “shouted with joy” (v. 24 NLT). This was a deep response, bubbling from within them. They celebrated as individuals and together as a community.

They had witnessed God’s presence. They saw that He was real and on their side. He had proven that He kept His Word. Knowing that He was with them, they had no reason to fear. Who could harm them? What need could He not supply?

After their shouts died down, they seemed to realize the awesomeness of what they had just witnessed. They had encountered God and seen a glimpse of His glory. Overwhelmed by His greatness, they fell on their faces before Him.

How rarely people in our materialistic culture have such experiences with God. How many people dwell on the surface, thinking about religion as just rituals and rules? But everything changes when we have a personal encounter with Him and experience His glory. When we know Him, everything changes!

How amazing to realize that He longs to make Himself known to us and fellowship with us as individuals. He is by our side in every situation. He longs to bless us, protect us, and provide everything we need. He will give us real freedom.

Seek to deepen your personal relationship with God.

Prayer Father, I bow before You. I am in awe of Your power and overwhelmed that You care for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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