Sunday Reflections

November 12, 2007 at 9:34 am 1 comment

fall-monday.jpgGod causes the earth to quake. (Psalms)

God causes the seas to roar. (Psalms)

At the sound of His voice, thunder rolls and lightening flashes (Psalms)

Yet, God came to Elijah, not in the wind, not in the earthquake, but in stillness.  The calm.  The quiet.  Why? 

Don’t we all long for the overwhelming power of God?  Well, to be frank with you, Elijah saw it, and it spazzed Him out.  He needed a good long break after that. 

I have found myself in his shoes in days not too far long gone!  Fried.  Overwhelmed.  Spazzed out.  I get Elijah!  Totally. 

The things I’ve seen or have experienced that have testified to me how big God is are minimal compared to what He saw! Still, at times, it’s been just “too much for me”.  As the Psalmist in Psalm 139 said, “Such knowledge is to wonderful for me, to lofty for me to attain”!

Ever been overwhelmed by the sovereignty of God? 

I have.  Who could see the horrible effects of forest firest, or the effects of Hurricane Katrina, and not be overwhelmed?

But, reallly, who needs Bible-level miracles when you learn to see God in everything that happens and is created? God is everywhere!  His hand is everywhere.  Once your eyes have been opened, you see him everywhere, all the time!  It’s a normal thing… His fingerprints are on everything!  

At times, for me, my mind is not big enough to comprehend it.  I spend most of my time overwhelmed by Him.

The sermon yesterday led me to this question:  what if everything that is impacted by God or affected by God, are created by God…but all that stuff is not God.  What if all of that demonstrates how big he is, yet all of that does not really show us his personality?

What if unbelievable things need to be done by him to remind the world of his presence, yet… those things do not need to define God for the faithful?  Nature.  Disasters.  Circumstances.

What if the personality of God REALLY IS what he says it is:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? 

He is!

That is such an arm-tingling reality for me today.  He made himself “small enough for us to touch”.  Now I see why.  The Elijah factor.

God could just keep us freaked out all the time with his miracles and displays of his power and might.  But, he chooses to meet us in the heart place, a tender place, a touchable place…for those of us who seek Him.  God chooses to walk along-side us, pick us up, and speak encouragement to us, just as He did to Elijah.  Was that perhaps why he was not in the earthquake or the wind?  I imagine that God Elijah needed to see a smaller God, a still God, a calm God, His peaceful, peace-loving God… to calm his fears, his fear of God, and his fear of danger.  Was it possible that he was sensory-overloaded? 

God had every right to give Elijah a lecture, or tell him to get over it, but he was He is so tender and kind, giving him a new tasks he could handle with joy.  He led Elijah beside quiet waters, restoring his soul AND his flesh, teaching him again to fear no evil, for God was with him.  From yesterday: 

“Gentle strength is the world’s strongest power.  The world stands up and takes notice of it.  The humility   demonstrated on the cross showed us that same kind of strength of God  The world’s efforts to show us strength cannot compare!” (sermon (sermon yesterday)

Do I show quiet strength when I need to? And is there a time for the loudness, as with God?

GENTLENESS.

God is gentle. (Galations)

God is quiet. (Psalms)

God is not a God of disorder, but a God of peace. (New Testament)

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  • 1. bellissimanh  |  November 12, 2007 at 10:57 am

    Amen and Amen… I hear Kari Jobe singing now. 🙂

    Heather

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