“That car/pizza/concert/movie/band/song/athlete/TV/vacation/speech/ is awesome!”
“Dad, only God is awesome.”
Busted. Isn’t it amazing how our use of words can increase the value of one thing while decreasing the value of something else? Here we’ve used the word “awesome” to describe nearly everything under the sun. And in doing so, we’ve cheapened the word that is used to describe our King of kings and Lord of lords.
“Dominion and awe belong to God” Job 25:2
Really, the definition of awesome as given in the New Oxford American Dictionary is: extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear. If you want a different word, the Oxford American Writers Thesaurus gives these words to use in its place:
Breathtaking, awe-inspiring, magnificent, wonderful, amazing, stunning, staggering, imposing, stirring, impressive; formidable, fearsome, dreaded, mind-boggling, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, excellent, marvelous; wondrous.
You know, all those words really describe our God, don’t they? But there’s more: the single antonym listed is unimpressive. When you get right down to it, all those things we call awesome really are unimpressive when compared to the might and power of our God in heaven.
For the LORD Most High is awesome. He is the great King of all the earth. Psalm 47:2
The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God.
He is far more awesome than those who surround his throne. Psalm 89:7
You’re right, only God is awesome.