You live 5,000 years ago. You look around and see a land that is relatively flat. Yes, there are hills and valleys but from your perspective the world is flat. There would be no other reason to think differently.
Someone knocks on your door and says, “My friend, the world is round.” You argue with him and point out the land is flat. It is obvious. No one could live on a ball. He responds, “Stop looking at the land around you. Look at the moon. It is round. Look at the sun. It is round. If they are round then so is our world.” You shut the door in his face and walk away.
Before we had proof that the world was round, you would have had to take a huge step of faith (vision) to imagine that the world was not flat.
If you are trying to see God based on the people sitting in church, you will probably shut the door to anyone who comes knocking. If you try to see God through established religion, you will probably turn up your TV so you don’t hear them knocking.
If you want to see God for the first time, you will need to be willing to accept the idea and then take a HUGE step of faith to understand. Forget the step. You’re looking at a huge leap. When you land, you will still have a million questions. All of us do.
Let’s go back to the world. Do you totally understand gravity? Do you understand why people in the southern hemisphere don’t feel like they are upside down? Do you understand why magma is hot in the core and bubbles up sometimes? Do you want me to go on? Believing that the world is round is only the beginning. But it is the beginning.
Don’t make the mistake of slamming your door to God before you take that leap beyond what you see every day. Don’t filter Him out because you don’t understand everything. If you could fully understand God, He wouldn’t be God.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
I listen to music at my desk while I work (I love Spotify!). I have the old fashioned speakers that plug into my computer. They have a separate power button and volume control and since I’m cheap I turn the power off to them each night to save a penny.
There have been several times that I start Spotify and no music comes out. I immediately get angry and I’m tempted to throw the speakers across the room. Seconds before I go ballistic the speakers are saved because I realize that I didn’t turn on the power button. It was not the components fault for not producing sound – it was my fault for not enabling them to do their job.
How often do we do that to God? We get angry because He doesn’t speak to us when it really is our fault that we are not tuning in. Before you get mad at God for being silent, make sure everything is turned on and that you are listening.
Psalm 81:8 Hear me, my people, and I will warn you— if you would only listen to me.
I had the great pleasure of babysitting two of my grandaughters last night. The youngest is three and recently had the earth shattering experience of losing her nuk AND her crib at the same time (she has very bad parents 🙂 ). I had the challenge of getting her to sleep and for an hour while I laid on the floor beside her tiny little bed and she held my hand (finger). Fortunately, the bed was the perfect height for me to rest my elbow on the floor and rest my arm against the bed without holding it up in the air.
It’s beautiful loving moments like these when the writing side of my brain takes over and I begin comparing this love to God. Thoughts like – He is right beside us, there is nothing to fear; All God wants is for us to hold His hand and be loved; God’s love is so simple, we don’t need to do anything to win His approval; Don’t complicate God’s love, just reach out and take hold of Him; There is nothing we can do that will separate us from His love.
And then she sneezed all over my face! You got it, those beautiful tender thoughts kind of vanished very fast and I had enough. Those tender loving thoughts turned to “just go to sleep!”
Don’t get me wrong. I was and I am still joyful about my grandkids (I’m babysitting again this weekend). I do love those tender moments just like God loves tender moments with His children. But there are times, I’m sure, when God is tired of hugging and rocking and just wants us to get on with what we are supposed to be doing.
“Just do what you are told to do”. It might be getting some sleep. It might be eating our food. It might be cleaning our room. Just do it. Savor your love moments with God but when its time to get up and do something; get up and do it! Don’t hang around and milk the love moments when it is clear that you have a job to do.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.
If you need to use words . . . ok. You don’t need to. His presence is so overwhelming that it is evident everywhere we look. Defend Him? Ha! He doesn’t need defended and you aren’t a good enough debater to do it. Let the scoffers look around them. If they can’t seem Him then they are blind.
Draw closer. Feel His presence. Sense His beauty. Open your blinds and let His rays shine in. There is no darkness. You are never alone.
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
I have seen families (and Church groups) that drive around in large vans with threatening Bible verses all over them. They also stand out on street corners YELLING at full volume how everyone is going to die because of their sins. “You are sinners. You will perish in a lake of fire for eternity. You have separated yourselves from God and you will pay the ultimate price!”
Yeah, I want to join that church. I really desire to walk along side their loving attitude. I’m sure I would be accepted into their groups. Not.
My desire isn’t to bash them. I’m sure they are doing what they feel God wants them to do. I wonder if anyone has ever turned from their evil ways to follow God after being shouted at. I wonder if anyone sees a truly loving God through all the yelling.
I also wonder if they have ever read this verse . . .
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15 NIV
Remember to be gentle, respectful, and loving today. Most people don’t like to be yelled at.
We can fall to any sin. We can be a enemy to the state. We may rot in jail or die for what we do on earth. But nothing separates a person from God as long as they have a heart for Him. Don’t be anxious about what you have or haven’t done. Where is your heart?
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 NIV
What do you see?
Volcanoes can be like icebergs. Depending on how you view them, you may only be seeing a small portion of them. The majority of them may be under the clouds.
Are you only seeing the top of your life and not the whole picture? What do you see when you look at yourself? There may me a lot more to you than you see. While you are looking at a small part that is visible, there may be a HUGE part of you that is impacting many people around you.
Then the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?”