Friday, March 20, 2009

How Big is Your God?

I apparently wrote this sometime last year but am just now posting this (I went back and double checked)

So many times I limit God to my own personal experiences without really looking around to the experiences of others.  When I do that I limit the "bigness" of God.  I am pigeon-holing him into only my little world.  In reading My Utmost for His Highest for April 9 (remember this was written in 2008) I read the following and it's talking about seeing Jesus: "Jesus must appear to you and your friend individually, no one can see Jesus with your eyes.  And division takes place when one has seen Him and the other has not..."

Then in Luke 10:23 I read these words of Jesus- "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see."  I want my friends to see what I see but at the same time I cannot force them to do so.  Only God can bring about that type of vision.  My part comes by sharing what I have seen.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Am I Passing the Test?

Based on Deuteronomy 8:2-10

Deut. 8:2 states God LED them in the wilderness, to humble them and testing them to know what was in their hearts.  Two things stand out to me in that verse: 1) God LED them.  Even though they were out there wandering and I'm sure they felt alone and abandoned- God LED them.  He never left them, never forsook them- He LED them.  He was in front of them the whole way! 2) He was testing them- to see if they could keep His commandments.  I can't help but think of the stress they were under- the pressure that built up.  It all came down to one thing- did they obey?  How did they respond under pressure?  He provided food, water, clothing, and shelter for them- what was their response?  Was it trust?  What is mine?  Am I trusting HIM? and then rewards for passing the test- a good land, a fruitful land, a blessing from the LORD.

So now, my question is: Am I passing the test?