Recognize Your Smallness

Joni and Friends

by Joni Eareckson Tada

When you heard the voice out of the darkness, while the mountain was ablaze with fire, all the leaders of your tribes and your elders came to me. And you said, “The Lord our God has shown us his glory and his majesty, and we have heard his voice from the fire. Today we have seen that a person can live even if God speaks with them.”

Deuteronomy 5:23-24

Can you remember your first sight of the ocean? Maybe you were a child, camping at the beach. You ran up a little sand dune…and there is was, so impossibly big and wonderful. Or maybe you were older when you first filled your eyes with the wide Atlantic or majestic Pacific. The sight may have made you feel very small, and that diminished sense of self probably made the massive ocean seem even more regal.

Today’s Scripture describes the first time God showed His glory to the elders of God’s people. They, too, felt small in the presence of One so powerful and overwhelming. With Job, they may have said, “I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes” (Job 42:5, NLT). Take time today to fill your eyes with God. Empty your heart of cherished ideas of your own importance. Feel your smallness, and be glad you belong to Someone awesome.

Yes, God, I am a very tiny soul in Your vast universe. Yet for some reason, You have loved me and chosen me, and You call me by name. You have said, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). I can lose myself in Your greatness, but never be lost to You.

Taken from A Spectacle of Glory

By Joni Eareckson Tada

Copyright © 2016
Published in Print by Zondervan, Grand Rapids

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version.

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