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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

We cannot IMAGINE!!

Would the God that of the descendants of Jacob living in Egypt could have imagined their God being big enough to free them from the grip of Pharoah? Could they possibly have imagined a God that could:
  • turn a stick into a snake
  • turn the water of the nile into blood
  • bring darkness on the land but only on the Egyptians
  • destroy the Egyptian army
  • lead them through an ocean on dry ground
  • feed them and provide water for them
Could Joshua have imagined a God that could deliver a city just by marching around it? Possibly he could have because he had seen the previous miracles. There are just so many miracles described in the bible that most people could not have possibly imagined that their God could be big enough to do them, and yet without a God big enough to do those miracles where would they have been? Still captive to Pharoah, thats where.

Could any of us have imagined that our God would come down to earth as a child, live and grow among us, eat, drink and sleep among us, and finally to allow himself to be killed for us? Could we have imagined that he would also rise from the dead and through this act pay for OUR sin allowing us to have eternal life with him? If we had not been told about it in the bible could we have imagined a God that created everything and yet knows the number of hairs on our head and cares for each one of us? I don't think so. The god that we could imagine in our mind would never be big enough to have done everything that he has - including paying for OUR sin and buying us eternal life. Even now we often fail to imagine a God that can heal our bodies without medicine or doctors, provide for our daily needs even when we don't have employment, or that can bind the forces of darkness through our prayers. We still don't fully grasp the power of our God as expressed in these verses:

Isaiah 50:2  Why, when I came, was there no man?
      Why, when I called, was there none to answer?
      Is My hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem?
      Or have I no power to deliver?
      Indeed with My rebuke I dry up the sea,
      I make the rivers a wilderness;
      Their fish stink because there is no water,
      And die of thirst.

Isaiah 53:5 

5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
      He was bruised for our iniquities;
      The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
      And by His stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 40:29 

29 He gives power to the weak,
      And to those who have no might He increases strength

Jeremiah 32:17 

17 ‘Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.

Oh that He would increase our understanding I pray!!

The gap, the chasm between God and man is unimaginable!  The Lord God tells us in Isaiah55 that His thoughts and ways are so far beyond us that our only action is to seek and worship Him – for we certainly can’t understand Him. 

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians that the foolishness of God is greater than the wisdom of man.  Paul witnesses to the Greeks that God doesn’t live in temples made by man neither is He worshipped by men’s hands as if He needed anything. (Acts 17) 

Deuteronomy 29:29 states that there are secrets withheld from us, and our only action is to abide by what has been revealed – the Law (which of course we can’t do).

“You sew the wind; you reap the whirlwind.” (Hosea 8:7) Adam’s rebellious sin infected and spread like a pandemic throughout mankind and is incorporated in our very being. Jesus warned of our downward spiral into apostasy.
So when our sin abounds God’s grace abounds even more!  (Romans 5:10)  Think of the miracles He will perform during the Tribulation.  At the beginning there are no believers left on earth – the whole world is Satan’s - then He anoints 144,000 Jewish witnesses and by His grace there is a marvelous revival!

So while theological and doctrinal arguments can be made it boils down to a heart-thing and not a head-thing.  By God’s grace we are given a new heart when we accept the fact of Yeshua, our Lord Jesus and His resurrection, when we repent of our worldly ways and fall on the mercy of God’s grace, when we acknowledge the only way to eternal life is by accepting the blood of Jesus as a covering for our sin, when we realize that God is perfect and therefore His plan is perfect – and that it must be taken on faith alone.  “So we set our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Lord, increase our understanding of the fullness of your greatness and power and the size of your love for us.


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