Yawning at Tigers
We love talking about God’s love.
Just drop in on almost any evangelical church service and take a listen. You’ll hear worship choruses dripping with emotive lyrics that border on the romantic. The sermon will gush with assurances of God’s inexhaustible affection. While such affirmations are good—we need to be reminded of God’s love—something is missing. Rarely do we hear about God’s mysteriousness and majesty, let alone whisper a word about his wrath.
This one-side portrayal diminishes our experience God. We can’t truly appreciate God’s grace until we glimpse his greatness. We won’t be lifted by his love until we’re humbled by his holiness.
Oswald Chambers wrote “The Bible reveals not first the love of God but the intense, blazing holiness of God.” Yawning at Tigers is an invitation to encounter that blazing holiness, and to find, as Chambers went on to write, “His love at the center of that holiness.”
Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying (Thomas Nelson) released May 13, 2014.
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