It’s amazing how insignificant all the “pleasurable things” of this earth seem when one gets a glimpse of God’s glory and might. One can only stop to wonder at the awesome transcendance of this great Being Who is the Source of all life and hope and love and joy and peace. Of all the things that one might feel the urge to call “good,” nothing remotely compares to the sheer weight of glory Our Lord possesses. He lacks nothing, yet He stoops from His kingly throne in the heavenlies to share His life and His presence with us. He is so strikingly perfect and wonderful that the most powerful and grand creatures ever created, the seraphim, whose very voices would shake the earth, can say nothing more than “Holy, Holy, Holy” in His presence. There are no words in any language on the earth to capture even a tiny bit of His wonder, yet in our feeble understanding, we belittle Him. So often we treat Him like a genie in a lamp and we’re disappointed when He doesn’t answer every selfish request we make. We also treat Him like a “Get Out of Hell Free” card by saying “Oh, He’ll forgive me. I don’t need to repent.” It is the most heinous of crimes ever committed, yet we commit it every single day of our lives. WE ARE SO CLUELESS!! WE DON’T EVEN REALIZE WHO IT IS WE ARE SERVING!! If we even got a glimpse of His true glory and His true nature, we would fall down on our faces and tremble, yet in our finite mindset, we tend to think of ourselves as the highest power in the universe. The reality is we are nothing more than dirt. The only reason we are alive is because God breathed His life into us. We are NOTHING without God, yet we often fail to realize it. Sadly, we’ve lost the fear of God in many churches today and no longer reverence Him as we should. We strive after earthly passions with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength when it should be the Lord that we place in that position. We let the fleeting passions guide our lives and forget that they are just temporary fixes and addictive in nature. The only outcome of our sinful desires is death and slavery. So often we take God for granted, when the reality is, but for His mercy and grace, we would not still be alive. He is the Creator and Sustainer of all life, and apart from Him exists only pain and death. Our freedom is found in Christ and Christ alone. OH, HOW FOOLISH I’VE BEEN!! “…WHO will set me free from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom. 7:24-25).