After witnessing Jesus heal a paralyzed man, Luke describes the people as being amazed in Luke 5:26.
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Now the word amazed is the Greek word ekstasis, which describes someone who is displaced out of a normal state of being or thinking. English derives the word ecstasy from this word.
Usually, a person deemed insane or demon possessed experiences ekstasis, but the word also describes someone who witnesses something that is out of this world—a blended form of fear and wonderment.
In the same verse, Luke describes the people as filled with awe. In the Greek, the people are filled with phobos, which literally translates fear or respect. The people are so displaced by what they saw, they are utterly awed by the experience. But they tell others what they’ve seen has left them wonderstruck.
I don’t know about you, but I want to live in such a way that whenever I encounter the work of Jesus in our world I’m left marveling, astonished, and wonderstruck —much like those who witnessed the miracles and listened to the teachings of Christ.
The truth is that some of the wonders God wants to reveal in our lives require us to believe in God in greater measure. They call us to make larger strides by faith. They call us to take bigger risks.
Maybe you’ve sensed the Holy Spirit nudging to make one of those big leaps.
If so, you need to know that Jesus will be cheering for you every step of the way.
Praying for you.
Empowering you through the Holy Spirit.
Going before you and with you.
Are you willing to make the journey?
Spend some time asking God to give you a fresh sense of amazement of His faithfulness and presence in your life. Ask God to soften your heart to any areas where you’ve grown hard or disbelieving and give you the ability to trust Him wholeheartedly and risk big.
Wonderstruck Challenge: Add to your Wonderstruck Journal today. Record three ways you’re experiencing or sensing God and His handiwork in your life. Join us online by posting the three wonders on your Facebook Page, Twitter or Pinterest using the hashtag #livewonderstruck.