Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Holy Thunder!

“When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear.” Exodus 20:18

I am always awed by the holy sound of God. Can you imagine the horn blowing from the heavens? No trumpeter to see. No horn to gaze on. Just a holy blast.

Lightning in a slicing flash, so bright you’d have to squint.

And thunder that surpassed a mighty roar.

Last week at my mom’s, it stormed. A fierce storm. The garage door was up and I opened the kitchen door to hit the button and let it down, but the second I swung it wide, thunder cracked and lightning struck the ground ten feet away. Pink and purple sparks flew like fireworks and the house across the street lost power.

I’ve heard loud thunder. I’ve seen vivid lightning, but never struck so hard and close that my chest shivered. It terrified me so much, I shrieked and ran.

Before I had a single thought.

Before I could tell myself I was safe.

Before I could rationalize it was only lightning and thunder.

And I think that must have been what kept the people trembling with fear at the foot of the mountain.

I think it’s why they refused to go back, telling Moses he could relay God’s word to them but they would not get closer.

Because God is awesome. He is holy.
And our first reaction is to run as far away as we can. We are sinful. The wages of sin is death. And we are to fear a holy God.

And that is why I am so thankful for a holy Savior—who came so that when the awesomeness and holiness of God thunders, we bow. We fear, but not in a dreadful manner. But with deep respect. We don’t run.
We draw near.

We are safe. Thanks to Jesus. Thanks to His righteousness covering us.

"Christ ended the law so that everyone who believes in him may be right with God.” Romans 10:4 NCV

This morning on the way to work, it was storming. Loud thunder. Brilliant strokes of lightning.

And I was listening to this song--new album out from Kim Walker-Smith with Jesus Culture. Take a few minutes and feel the holiness of God. 

Absorb it. 

Tremble at it.

Bow to it. 


Have you ever watched lightning strike the ground? 



9 comments:

  1. It's thundering here right now. After the year of storms we've had, I can definitely relate to this. Jesus is my tornado shelter. ;)

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  2. I've felt thunder hit feet away and shake everything around me, but didn't actually see the sparks. Like feeling His presence even though I don't physically see Him:)I love a good thunder storm!

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  3. I love having an all-powerful God. It puts me in my place and reminds me He's got it. He's always got it.

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  4. God is such a "big" God that He's spoken in thunder - and such an "intimate" God that He's spoken in a whisper. It's nothing short of amazing!

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  5. I lived in Florida for 8 years -- the state known for the most lightning strikes. Now I live in Colorado -- the state known for the second-most lightning strikes!
    Thanks for sharing that song, Jess. I hadn't heard it before.

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  6. Wow, what an incredible experience to lend understanding on how they must have felt at the base of the mountain. Gave me goosebumps, Girl!

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  7. Nope, I've never seen lightning strike the ground, but it does happen here because of wide open spaces. God's power is awesome, and I've often wondered about the incredible display of His might at the foot of that mountain. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Amen!! I've never actually seen lighting strike the ground. I've seen the effects of it, but not the actual hit. That would be something.

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  9. I'm reading this a few days late. So good, Jess. I've never seen lightning hit the ground, but I've heard it...woke me up one night a couple summers ago when it hit a neighbor's garage...caused a fire. Crazy. And to think, God created that...He's so powerful he creates lightning...and thunder...

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