Sunday, October 18, 2009

shock value

Six weeks ago, my outdoor spotlights stopped working. So, I removed the switchplate in my foyer and stared at the twist of wires linking four toggles together. I had flipped the circuit breaker in the garage but the thought of navigating bare wires gave me pause. I hate electricity. Actually, I love electricity [I wouldn't be typing this blog without it], but I can think of 120 shocking reasons why I'd prefer to keep my distance.

So, I called my friend, Kevin Hill. He's a professional. Kevin is well-grounded in all things electric [pun intended]. He immediately went to work snipping, stripping and switching wires...while they remained hot. That means that a current was still flowing to the switches Kevin was fixing. But, time and familiarity have enabled him to handle the power without fear.

Ravi Zacharias, noted contemporary speaker, once commented, "Do not let your familiarity with God rob you of the wonder of God." His warning was to every God-lover who could grow so used to God, that they cease bowing in holy fear at His holiness, cease standing awestruck at His beauty, cease being humbled by His majesty. In short, they "handle" God without any trepidation of His Divine voltage.

Notice the warning in Exodus 19:10-12:

And the LORD said to Moses, "Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, 'Be careful that you do not go up the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain shall surely be put to death.

God's people were cautioned to consecrate themselves before God. That is, they were to prepare themselves before meeting God. The next day, when God descended, they were to restrain themselves--not rush the mountain--lest God's power knock them off their feet forever. If God never changes, He possesses the same "electricity" He's always had. I must be on guard not to let my own familiarity with Him rob me of the everlasting wonder of who God still is.


myfaithlasts said...

Sometimes I WANT God's power to knock me off my that okay?
Right now I am in a place where I desperately need to hear from God again, I so need to hear Him speak to me, to touch me again... and if He wants to knock me upside the head to do it, then okay.
Although I'd have to say, having BEEN electrocuted before at age 11, and it being something I will never forget, I hope God DOESN'T use electricity to speak to me again. ;) That wasy pretty ouchy.

Suzy Finigan said...

A week ago I was in a small, old airplane headed in the night to Chicago from Atlanta. I had been stranded in Atlanta on my way to my daughter's wedding and was missing the rehearsal dinner. The weather was bad. I had "Revelation Song" on my iPod and was looking out the window at the breath-taking lightning show below in the storm clouds. Suddenly, the plane started shaking and bouncing hard as the song came to a crescendo. I turned up the music and put my face up against the window and worshipped my God in a way that I never have before. I saw His majesty and felt His power. I felt my dependence on Him and I told Him that I was His and He could do with me as He would. Complete surrender. Complete adoration. Total peace. No fear. No questions. He is.

David Daniels said...

What a powerful testimony! Thanks for sharing your heart! I love your calm in the midst of the storm.