Sharing Saturday: “How Narnia Teaches Us to Stand in Awe of God”

Sorry-not-sorry, lovely tribespeople, but I shall flood you today. There’s altogether too much amazing stuff in the blogs from my challenge to not share.

This amazing post comes from The Contrary Calling.

 

HOW NARNIA TEACHES US TO STAND IN AWE OF GOD

I love Aslan. As I’ve been reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, I’ve grown very fond of this mighty lion character. When Lucy and her siblings are in dire trouble, completely helpless and unable to save themselves, they have only one hope: Aslan.

When the children hear Aslan’s name, they all feel a unique but mysterious feeling: joy, peace, or boldness. Those who trust in Aslan find comfort in his very name. As I’m entranced by the story, I too feel a certain calm and hope when I am reminded of Aslan. I know that Aslan must save them. Surely, even the evil witch cannot stand against his power. Aslan is a protector.

As you may know, The Chronicles of Narnia were meant to be an allegory. As C. S. Lewis is quoted, “We are all between the paws of the true Aslan.”

A better hope than Aslan

We don’t have the lion Aslan watching over us, but we have an even better hope: our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And so we also have God the Father watching over us, and the Holy Spirit living inside of us. We don’t need Aslan; we have the Lion of Judah on our side.

When I think about this comparison, as, no doubt, Lewis would have wanted me to do, I must wonder: Why is it that I do not have such peace and hope at the name of Jesus? Why am I not affected in such a way when I hear the name of God?

The Bible says a lot of things about God’s name. Up until Narnia, I had always thought the name itself had little significance. It meant God himself had such an impact, not just his name. Yet, I believe Lewis was onto something. Depending on whether we are saved or unsaved, we should feel one of two emotions very strongly: fear or awe. When we hear even just the name of God, we ought to immediately have a sense of one of these things.

I can think of two main reasons we don’t stand in awe (or fear) at the name of God.

1. We do not see God as we ought.

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2

Our vision of God is clouded by sin. Will we ever actually see God? Not in a physical way, if we are talking about God the Father, for he isn’t physical. And why would Paul or John be concerned with us physically seeing God? What would that have to do with our sanctification and perfection? No, the new ability we’ll have on that day is to truly see God’s glorious character and works. God is not brown haired, blue eyed, and freckled. God is holy, merciful, and just. Those are the types of things that our fallen sinful nature keeps us from properly seeing, and that is in part, why we do not marvel at his name.

2. We do not see ourselves as we ought.

The second part of the problem is that we do not see ourselves as we ought. We do not realize how utterly wrecked by sin we are. We do not see our total brokenness nor do we understand how helpless we are. We do not glory in God as our rescuer, because so often we fail to see our need of rescue. We do not have the faith to believe God can really help us. God can always help us if only we cry out to him, and boy are we in need of help.

When your parents or siblings get on your nerves and you can’t take it any longer, God can give you patience. When you’re worried about how to get things done, God can give you wisdom for a plan and peace. When your circumstances feel impossibly challenging, God can change your perspective of them. When we begin to see God as our helper through all the challenges of life, no matter if there’s an evil witch or not, then we will have a deeper affection for God and love him more.

The Solution: Soak in Scripture

Another problem we face is overestimating ourselves and underestimating God. The Bible does well in putting us in our place. All throughout scripture, we see God’s power, sovereignty, and goodness. We also see the helpless state of humanity. If you want to stand in awe of God and properly assess yourself, soak in scripture.

If only we loved God like Aslan. If only, upon hearing his name, his followers were filled with joy, peace, hope, and boldness. One day we will rightly praise his name… one day.

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and given him the name that is above every name so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

 

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