Listened to a great sermon this morning where these words were uttered by that preacher. Made me think a bunch, understanding that as much as I know, hard as I might try, I will never figure God out, and that's a really good thing. Because if we could figure him out, if we knew all that was before us (including the danger), we would never be able to deal with it all, nor rely on Him to guide us in directions that we may have never chosen ourselves. Nor would faith matter anymore, and without that, well, let's just say that it would be all about us relying on us and most of us know how disastrous that can be.
Also this morning, one of the History type channels has run a story on the Greek gods Zeus and Hercules, and how all of Greek mythology ties in with the Bible and Jesus. I must say that it caught my ear, but really sounds way out there. Maybe another effort of man to try and understand God from a human perspective instead of within the spiritual realm which we will never totally understand.
But let's take the title of this blog into our every day walk for a moment if you would join me. We would pray to whom about what outcome if we already had it figured out? We would hope to get out of a bad situation only to realize that it would last a long time, maybe 40 years before we got relief, and this really killed our hope. So many things we would like to know and be sure about but the fact of our faith is that God asks us to be like plain dumb sheep who only follow His voice.
That's not to say we shouldn't investigate who's voice to follow, only that once we trust that voice we would have a lot less turmoil and many more green pastures to graze in. Hey, why not start praying to Zeus and Hercules for a few days and see what results come from that (that would be the lost sheep)? Or The Oracle of Delphi, or Buddha, or the unknown god.......and see how much that gives you hope. Truly, these are part of that army of small gods that help destroy our lives rather than help us prosper and grow.
What we know and understand is only a mere speck of dust of what God is all about, thank God for that. It is truly an adventure to follow Christ and to defend Him though we have never physically seen Him. It takes faith, courage, and a willingness to let go of control to meet Him on levels that help us to believe that He is the way, the truth and the light. Our personal walk with Him is only enhanced by going to church, not defined by it. We lean on the Holy Spirit, not any form of man made rules, or definitions of gods, to construct the house of faith within our souls.
So glad he is not small like me, though me being small may allow Him to appear bigger to me every day!
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Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.