Sometimes my husband and I just stand on the balcony and watch thunderstorms. We stand there and think, “Wow, we serve a powerful God.” The lightening like fire from the clouds, the wind blowing at speeds higher that the limits on the highways, and rain drops the size of golf balls. It’s all so mesmerizing when you just be still and take it all in. So much power displayed in just one storm. It’s hard to even imagine how God can do all that He does, has done or will do. Yet still, we can think on how grand the things of God are, and still not believe for that same greatness in the reality of our personal world.
I’m not even sure that most of us have space in our being to contain all that God can do. Most importantly, I’m not sure if we are looking at Him through the right lenses. We could very well be seeing a totally different version of God than what is displayed in the Bible. The God in the Bible is full of power, might and greatness. He spoke the world into existence (Genesis 1), He flooded all the earth (Genesis 7), He split the Red sea for Moses ( Exodus 14), He fed 5000 men (Matthew 14:13-20), He healed (Mark 3) and He rose from the dead (Luke 24). And that’s just to name a few.
Have we forgotten that the same God of the Bible is still alive and well today? Do we really give him all the credit He deserves? Or has our human sized thinking trapped our faithful Father in a box? Our failure to recognize who He is may be resulting in a lack of honor. Which can lead us to a place of pride and self exaltation. If we don’t give Him the deserved honor due Him, we also run the risk of underestimating Him and only taking Him out of the box when we need Him. This is what I like to call, the Jack-in-the-Box Jesus relationship. There isn’t much honor here. Our existence and salvation calls for us to give honor to the God who created us. “Honor the Lord you heavenly beings, honor the Lord for his glory and strength. Honor the Lord for the glory of his name. Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.” Psalm 29:1-2. He is worthy of our honor because of who He is, and we worship Him and give Him praise for all He has done. “Sing to the Lord; praise His name. Each day proclaim the good news that He saves.” Psalm 96:2.
Maybe the issue is that we don’t really have the belief in His ability. Have we forgotten all that He can do? Or do we simply not totally believe in what He can do? These questions can be so vital in our evaluation of where our faith is. If we don’t really believe in what our God can do, our faith may be struggling. How can we be saved by a God that we don’t fully trust. We have to be sure that God is who He says He is and that He is trustworthy. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6. This is where our safety dwells. “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31.
Our relationship with God must be based on trust. The level at which we trust him can be a direct reflection in how we honor Him in our lives. If we don’t totally trust Him, it may not be in us to lavish Him with Honor and praise. So, in a valiant effort to avoid the traps of pride and empty faith, I’ve decided that we should take a closer look at how magnificent God is. Take a closer look at what He has done in your own life and what you have seen of His might. Write it down, reflect on it and pray that God will help you to trust Him and Honor Him with your life.
Lord, thank you for who You are. We want give you all the honor and glory due to you. God help us to trust You more. Remove every blinder that would hinder us from seeing You for who you are. Thank you Lord. In Jesus name Amen!