DayBreaks for 2/26/14 – In the Presence of Greatness
Matthew 17:2-8 (NIV) – There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters–one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” 8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
In the summer of 1941, Sergeant James Allen Ward was awarded the Victoria Cross for climbing out onto the wing of his Wellington bomber at 13,000 feet above ground to extinguish a fire in the starboard engine. Secured only by a rope around his waist, he managed to smother the fire and return along the wing to the aircraft’s cabin. Winston Churchill, an admirer as well as a performer of swashbuckling exploits, summoned the shy New Zealander to 10 Downing Street. Ward, struck dumb with awe in Churchill’s presence, was unable to answer the prime minister’s questions. Churchill surveyed the unhappy hero with some compassion.
“You must feel very humble and awkward in my presence,” he said.
“Yes, Sir,” managed Ward.
“Then you can imagine how humble and awkward I feel in yours,” returned Churchill.
Churchill knew he was in the presence of a real hero. On top of that mountain long ago, the disciples realized they were in the presence of greatness. In fact, they knew they were in the presence of someone whose significance went beyond celebrity, even beyond heroic. He was their Lord, their Master, their King.
We have not stood on top of the mountain top nor have we seen the transfiguration of the Son of God. Yet we are no less in His Presence every moment of every day. He watches, He sees, He shines with glory and power. All heaven and earth are in subjection to Him and when He chooses to exert His authority and power none can resist. He deserves our worship and our obedience. We will one day stand before Him to give an answer for how we lived our lives. And He will determine our fate.
Let us live soberly in His Presence!
PRAYER: Jesus, there is no one like you, deserving of worship and praise and our full obedience! Give us a glimpse of your greatness and awareness of your presence as we live this day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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