I think we’re probably all guilty of trying to dumb down God; trying to make God smaller than He is. Forcing Him into a box that is the size of our choosing.
I don’t think we can imagine a box that is big enough for God. I think that’s the point.
When I don’t understand, what do I do? Do I rush to defend God?
When I’m disappointed? When something tragic happens? When it seems like too much time has passed?
Do I sit quietly and wait for Spirit to give me what I need? (Do I even really know what I need?) Or do I go to my mind and my heart to construct an explanation?
I spend so much time trying to carry these burdens on my own. When I actually bring them to God in the moment, it feels like almost instantly I’m given what I need to move to the next step.
The Israelites come to mind. How they wandered in the desert of their own strength for so long. Many other stories. The same theme.
It’s not natural for me to give up; I’m so used to using my mind to work things out. Now learning more and more to be ok with saying “I don’t know” and turning to God for help. Like a child. Welcomed!
And I was thinking about how God could heal the whole planet with a Word. Maybe He already has outside of our experience of time and space. But even if not, He could make it all clear and fix everything right away. We see this in the stories of Jesus. Healings. Even with the time of His surrender in the garden; all the soldiers fell down with a Word.
So this God of ours does not need us to defend Him. He is more than capable. He does not need us to explain Him. We can point people to The Source.
Maybe we don’t do that because we don’t practice what we preach. Maybe deep down some or even most of us don’t really, really trust this God we sing about… because we don’t go to Him enough to remember. We have a mountain-top experience and we try to live on yesterday’s manna today. The old manna is not for us. His mercies are new and fresh every morning. Even every moment. What happened to the manna that was hoarded in fear?
What happens to us when we turn back to our own strength?
Do we not think our Creator is powerful enough to write in the sky so all could see? Or speak so that all could hear? Even those that say they don’t want to or they don’t believe?
Do we really believe God is so impotent?!
I’d be remiss to give you my peace right now. Because it was for me. And you need your heart spoken to. God is that personal. That invested in you. So I encourage you. Whatever it is today. Whatever it is in this moment. Even in unbelief, ask.