What Ever Happened to Awe?

Awe in sunset

Awe in God’s sunsets ~ I intentionally kept the photo underexposed for a more dramatic effect

Awe – Fear mingled with admiration or reverence; reverential fear. 
Noah Webster 1828 ~ American Dictionary of the English Language

What ever happened to awe?
Did we lose it by wearing flip-flops to church?
Did we chase it away by dressing how we want?
Since man looks on the outside, but God sees into the heart, then most certainly not.

If not dress, then what happened to our fear of God?
Did it weaken by our type of worship?
Did it flee because we left hymns out?
Though some would affirm this, one type of worship song cannot define God, so on this point I really doubt.

If not because of music, then what has brought this lack of awe about?
Have we turned our churches into social clubs?
Have we taught our youth that fun and games are what going there means?
Gimmicks do diminish the simple message of the cross, and since it is close to the source, from this we all should glean.

Has replacing the cross with a watered-down message caused it?
Or could the answer be because somewhere in the mix, of teaching primarily and only about grace, the mention of hell many intentionally leave out?
Could it be that, so as not to offend or come across as intolerant, they fail to warn people about eternity’s horrific side?

Though God is love, apart from true salvation in Christ is the certainty of His judgment, and not proclaiming this truth anymore is right where the problem resides.

I realize that the very mention of hell will send many running, convinced I misunderstand God’s love.
For talk of hell is no longer in vogue, reserved instead by former preachers of fire and brimstone.

Yet, omitting hell from the discussion of our faith renders no real understanding of the extent of God’s grace.
The plight, of what happened to awe, is one that must point back to the purpose of grace in the first place.

Though grace cost us little, it cost our Savior everything, and He did so to keep us from living an eternity in torment.
Out of love, Christ died to pay the penalty for our sins to keep those who accept Him from having to face a horrible end.
The hell we deserve because of sin, God never intended that any should dwell there apart from Him.
By confronting the reality of a literal hell apart from Christ, and then comprehending what He did to reverse this awful sentence on our behalf, is the surest way to restore awe in God once again.

What are your thoughts?  What ever happened to awe?

Sue Nash/2013

For more of my poetry, see Poetry Corner

Whatever Happened to Awe Poetry


22 thoughts on “What Ever Happened to Awe?

  1. Jane Bridges

    POWERFUL thoughts, Sue. I don’t see where you left anything out as to why “AWE” has disappeared!!!! Thanks…

  2. Rene Yoshi

    Makes me think of this quote:

    “And what I find in Scripture, when people see God for who He is, they end up flat on their face. And we’ve got a generation of believers who have their hands on their hips, “God, what have You done for me lately?” And I think we need to repent.” – Chip Ingram, The Miracle of Life Change

  3. Toni Sprandel

    As your poem so eloquently states, it has been diminished by different things. But the lack of preaching, that there is a literal Hell and people are going there every day is key. When we truly understand what has been done for us, we live in awe of Him.

  4. vonhonnauldt

    Excellent post. I think the “awe” has gone because we’ve lost the sight of that One “high and lifted up,” Isaiah 6:1. We’ve brought Him down to our level and think that He’s like us,

  5. gwennonr

    This is an excellent post!!! Thank you for writing it. We are often so afraid of offending people that we forget to fear what could happen to them in a Christ-less eternity. They need to at least hear the truth so that they can own the choices they are now making.

    I, too, have written a poem about eternity and the gravity of one’s choices now. If you care to read it, you can find it on my poetry blog mybetterpoems.wordpress.com. The name of the poem is “The Key” (which refers to the key to getting into heaven).

    May God bless you and your writings.

    Best Regards,



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