So many different thoughts come with the mention of the word. Political, patriotic, fearful, questioning, uncertainty, grief, pride...
For a moment, I would like for you to consider the state of war as a symptom not just an event.
Earlier this week while reading an article I came across a thought that I would like to share with you. The point of the article is unimportant. The extreme importance is the thought that was presented by the following statement:
'If people live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war, and such a war as is of every man against every man...' in that state there will be 'continued fear and danger of violent death and the life of a man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short'". Forbes, American Idealism and Realpolitik, March 12, 2007
So, let me ask you...when was the last time that you felt a sense of awe?
Perhaps the easier question is: are you at war?
Are you at war with your job, with your neighbors, your family, your weight, your circumstances or your priorities?
Clearly we can see the results of a society that has lost its sense of awe.
Long past gone is a sense of awe about an Almighty Benevolent God. Also past, is a sense of awe over living in the greatest nation that has ever existed. We have become so inoculated toward anything and everything that could possibly bring a sense of awe.
There is a fear of being seen as immature or simple if we dare to see things out of the ordinary.
The results are everywhere evident The "brutish" ,the "fearful", the "solitariness" and separateness of lives. anger and suspicion are common.
Little is there that can be done about this issue in our society until we address the issue within our own hearts. That is why the earlier question asks about the war in your heart; the "brutish", the fearful, the solitariness, the anger, the suspicion.
So, have lost (or have you ever had) a realization of the awe of our Glorious, All-Powerful, beyond description God?
We will never have the proper perspective on life; we will never have the proper understanding on the power of prayer until we develop a sense of awe over the God who invites us to talk to him about the hurts, the needs, and the wants of ours and of our friends.
I implore you to beg God to show you his awesomeness! It won't be a brief encounter, Cliff Notes are not available.
Whatever it costs you the price will be minuscule in terms of what you receive in exchange.