“For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours?” (Deut. 3:34b ESV)
In what seems to be a general societal trend to reduce everything to generalities and not to take time to ponder upon acts or persons of greatness and stature – is there a danger that even God will lose his uniqueness?
As people go through life giving little time to ponder upon almighty God – is everything seen in terms of human capabilities?
There is much in the ‘entertainment’ industry and media that feeds off the supernatural and its portrayal in a myriad of forms, mostly in terms of its evil, horrific and destructive elements. Sometimes there are even clumsy and humourous attempts to explain some manifestations. Folks can become so used to it all that it becomes accepted and even sought out as ‘entertainment’.
It seems that attempts to present the other side are rare and even less than realistic. There are portrayals of the good and wholesome, but attempts to match or confront the more overt portrayals of the dark side of life and spiritual forces of this world seem to fall short.
Do God’s people need to encourage themselves, and others, to gain the same appreciation of God as Moses?
When we refer to God as ‘almighty’, do we actually perceive that as in ‘all -mighty’ or is it just some title that we recite Sunday after Sunday?
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Alternate Services p. 185)
‘The heavens praise your wonders, Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.
6 For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord? Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?
7 In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him.
8 Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.’ (Psalm 89:5-8 NIV)
‘In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: with two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:
‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.’
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.’ (Isaiah 6;1-4 NIV)
‘In the centre, round the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and behind. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. 8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all round, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
‘“Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,”[b]
who was, and is, and is to come.’’
(Revelation 4:6-8 NIV)
‘6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
‘Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory. For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.’
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
9 Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ And he added, ‘These are the true words of God.’’
(Revelation 19:6-9 NIV)