“And the Lord utters His voice before His army, for His host is very great, and [they are] strong and powerful who execute [God’s] word. For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible, and who can endure it? Therefore also now, says the Lord, turn and keep on coming to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning [until every hindrance is removed and the broken fellowship is restored].
Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness; and He revokes His sentence of evil [when His conditions are met]. Who knows but what He will turn, revoke your sentence [of evil], and leave a blessing behind Him [giving you the means with which to serve Him]….
Joel 2:11-14 Amp
What are the 10 Days of Awe all about? The word “awe” means “A feeling of respect or reverence mixed with dread and wonder, often inspired by something majestic or powerful.” It is the same meaning we give to the Fear of the Lord. The 10 Days of Awe are a time we welcome the spirit of the Fear of the Lord into our lives. We ask Him to identify things that hinder our relationship with Him and we reflect upon what He shows us. We choose to break agreements we’ve made with the enemy and we commit ourselves to seek the Lord’s way, His counsel. We are cleansed, strengthened, and empowered by His spirit. For those that long to know the Lord more intimately, this is a time to be cherished. It is God’s invitation to come closer to His heart.
To those that don’t share that desire, this time can be intimidating. Many will say, “I’m saved, Jesus died and I’m forgiven, why should I acknowledge this time, it was already fulfilled in Jesus.” But if we aren’t growing in the Lord and we don’t have a heart to hear what He’s saying, then this time might be exactly what’s needed. Individually and corporately, we shouldn’t look for how little we can interact with the Lord and still be saved. He is worthy of ALL our praise, ALL our energy, ALL our devotion. The Father is pleased to answer the cries of those who want more, He gives us more grace so that we can serve Him wholeheartedly.
In a broad sense, the Day of the Lord literally began when Jesus was resurrected and it continues until the day of His return. But as we draw nearer to that day, the prophecies regarding the Day of the Lord become more intense. They become more “great” for those that walk closely with the Lord, and they become more “terrible” for those that stand far off from Him. The reason for that is because the Father’s heart is longing to draw all people unto Himself. He will allow us to suffer temporarily in the earth so that we can be with Him for all of eternity. He loves us that much. Jesus paid a high price for our salvation. Why should we settle for an inferior version of who we were created to be?
So the real battle is for the humility to admit that we don’t know what’s best, we don’t know how to truly be satisfied, we don’t know how to love ourselves or one another. We don’t even know how to love God unless He gives us the grace to do it! Scripture says, He first loved us so that we could love Him. During these 10 days, we can cry out for God’s grace and yield our ways to His higher ways. The issue is not only being saved, but it is one of continually drawer nearer to Him, knowing Him more and becoming more like Him. He honors a submitted heart and He will definitely answer that prayer. When we choose humility, and break agreement with the enemy, we align ourselves with heaven’s purposes.
Culminating on the Day of Atonement, we can confidently face the Lord and know that in the coming year we will have greater grace to draw near to Him and gain strength against our enemies. Things we struggled with last year, we will gain victory over this year. Things that have hindered us will be overcome. Judgment will be rendered in our favor and we will walk in greater power and authority.
During these days, let us return to the Lord, for He is gracious and merciful. He is waiting for us!