A very popular phrase nowadays is “Oh my God.” There has even been a TV commercial for deodorant, I think, that talks about “OMG moments.” Isn’t it strange that in a time when so many want to attack God, religion, and spirituality, “Oh my God” is such a popular phrase? Here are some of my OMG moments:
When I am reading the newspaper or watching TV: “Oh my God, forgive us for glorifying immorality, wrongdoing, and sin!”
When I see the havoc and pain in so many people’s lives nowadays: “Oh my God, help us to stop self-destructing.”
When I am struggling with a problem or issue: “Oh my God, help me, strengthen me. I can’t make it without You!”
When I hear about the home-grown violence in our American streets and the threat of violence from foreign terrorists: “Oh my God, protect us from death and destruction.”
When I consider how fortunate I have been in my life: “Oh my God, thank You for all the many blessings in my life.”
When I see the stars or the ocean and deep in my heart, I realize that the Creator is infinitely greater than His creation: “Oh my God, You are awesome. You are mighty. You are everlasting. You are all-powerful!”
When I think about Jesus’ death on the cross: “Oh my God, who am I that You should love me so much?”
Oh my God, is not just an expression or meaningless words. That phrase has great significance. It represents the missing ingredient in our contemporary church services.
When you read the Book of Acts in the Bible, which describes the early church, you see this phrase used: “And a sense of awe was among them.” Awe describes human hearts that have been greatly touched and moved by spectacular, overwhelming, incredible, and/or mighty things.
When people experience genuine awe they are overcome. They weep, they fall, they kneel, they speak praises, their voice quakes, they get goose bumps and/or butterflies, they confess their sins, they tremble. O, my God! How we need to experience His awe in our time!
However, nowadays, we have taken some of the most awesome words in the English language and, rather than allowing them to deeply stir our heart, we toss those words around so casually as to turn them into a mockery.