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"How Great Is Our God"
How Great Is Your God?
“If God were small enough to be understood, He would not be big enough to be worshiped.” - Evelyn Underhill
We often sing the song, “How Great Is Our God.” We have such enthusiasm when singing it, with such a tone that becomes more of a statement than a question. The bible says to be prepared to give an account if asked.
“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.” 1 Peter 3:15
Sometimes in this world it’s hard to keep God on a pedestal. The moment we start to minister and lift Him up the question arises “Why would God let bad things happen?”
Well keep reading and let me show you just how great God is. He has already done more for us before we were ever born, and He wants to make your life something more beautiful today.
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end." Ecclesiastes 3:11
Come to me...
There is a story about a man who goes to a barber, and reads his bible while the barber was cutting his hair. The barber says, "I don't believe in God you know." The man replies, "really why?"
The barber said, "Well, look at all the pain and suffering in the world, there can't be a God. Why would a God let that happen?"
The man walked out for a moment without an answer. But after coming across a guy with crazy hair, he got a revelation from God. He walked back in with the unruly man and said, "I don't believe in barbers." The barber laughed, "Oh really, well I am a barber, how can you say that?" The man stated, "If barbers were real, why are there so many people in the world with such awful hair?"
The barber confidently stated, "Because they didn't come to me."
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
"If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." John 7:37-38
Jesus was speaking at the Feast of Tabernacles, of a future event that would take place. After His resurrection, He would send us the Holy Spirit (Living Water) To live in us, and help us in this life. Stating that we would never again go thirsty.
The reason God isn't actively saving us from evil, is because we need to go to Him. God gave us free will, to chose how we would live. Our carnality naturally wants the opposite of God, because we want our own way. Man has proven in history through war and famine, that our way does not work.
The truth is that there is a clear and present evil in this world that we often forget about, and the enemy would love nothing more than to see God on the stand.
Good vs Evil
I watched the movie, “A Winter’s Tale,” and one of the characters stated, "where good lives, evil lives." How true of this world. It seems like when something great is about to happen in your life, evil almost always tries to thwart it.
That’s where God can step in, if you let him. He can move mountains in our lives, and there is nothing too hard for Him. (Mark 11:23)
"I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?" Jeremiah 32:27
The Devil is always seek to destroy, but Jesus came to give us life abundantly.
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10
When Adam and Eve sinned against God, we were separated from freely seeking out God. God is a spirit, and He is good. Good cannot associate with Evil. Just as when Jesus took on all the sin on the cross, there came a moment where the spirit of God completely left His body. God cannot associate with Sin. Thankfully He had a plan and Jesus defeated Sin for us, knowing that we could not do it for ourselves.
"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Matthew 27:46
God is Grrrrrreat!
We all have a testimony to share, if we are alive on this earth, and sometimes it helps to journal your prayers so that you can look back over the year past and see the prayers God has answered, and ones he has yet to answer. Then practice gratitude for all the good things in your life. All good things come from God.
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17
X Marks the Spot
"When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, "Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight. So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, "Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever." - Joshua 4:1-7
We need to remember our victories, so that when we come to our next river crossing in life, we will have enough to lay a foundation, for future victories. It will be a foundation that will exist forever into other generations. If you are still looking to have that experience with God that takes away all doubt of who He is, then all you have to do is find a quiet place and ask Him for that experience.
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7
He's waiting for your call
God rewards those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6) He also promises that signs and wonders would follow them that believe. (Mark 16:17-18) If you are wondering about God, why not ask Him to reveal Himself to you? There is something special about going to church and being surrounded by believers and people who know how to usher in the spirit of God, and teach you about God. But it doesn't matter where you are, God is not limited to a building. Simply call out to God right where you are; there is no special chant or formula. He is just like a friend, waiting on your call. Seek him with the right heart, and He will ALWAYS answer.
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13