Thursday, January 30, 2014

Can God...?

They spoke against God; they said, “Can God really spread a table in the wilderness? True, He struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly, but can He also give us bread? Can He supply meat for His people?”

When the Lord heard them, He was furious; His fire broke out against Jacob, and His wrath rose against Israel, for they did not believe in God or trust in His deliverance. (Psalm 78:19-22 NIV)

So often God gets questioned, “Can...?”  Oh yes He can...but are we looking? Are we expecting?  Are we leaving our eyes open and giving God room to work in ways we never dreamed, thought, or imagined?  The question should never be “Can God…?”, but “Can I be open to Him?”,  “Can I believe and trust in God, in His deliverance, in His sovereignty?”

God’s ways are beyond my understanding.  He created the world and everything in it!  There are many things in His creation that I see and know in my greatest moment of creativity my imagination could have never come up with. Next to God my imagination doesn’t compare. Think about it, who in their right mind would ever think: “If only God would rain down manna from heaven or loose the winds and blow our camp full of birds.  What a feast that would be in this wilderness.” 

Yet He gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens; He rained down manna for the people to eat, He gave them the grain of heaven. Human beings ate the bread of angels; He sent them all the food they could eat. He let loose the east wind from the heavens and by His power made the south wind blow. He rained meat down on them like dust, birds like sand on the seashore. He made them come down inside their camp, all around their tents. (Psalm 78:23-28 NIV)

Whatever it is that you are facing, be open to see God at work.  Be open to His greatness, don’t try to contain within your own imagination that which cannot be contained. 

Has a difficult child taught you how to love more? 

Has a struggling marriage drawn you closer to God?

Has a sudden loss of income increased your faith?

Has an unexpected death or illness given you an eternal perspective? 

We want to love more, draw closer to God, have increased faith, and an eternal perspective.  But would you have ever thought that these would be the way they would come?  You see…keep your eyes open in the storm and in the sunshine.  What does God have for you in the smile of a child, the dew on a rose, a kiss from the one you love or a word of encouragement from a stranger?  Who knows?  GOD DOES!

 “Do not look for God to come in any particular way, but look for Him...Always be in a state of expectancy, and see that you leave room for God to come in as He likes.” – Oswald Chambers

I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. (Psalm 81:10 NIV)

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