The Great He Is

At the burning bush Moses asked God to identify Himself. God replied, “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14) In that same verse he directed Moses to tell the Hebrew people the “I AM” sent him. Our assignment as God’s children and servants is to tell people HE IS!

HE IS the truth.
HE IS the one who forgives sin.
HE IS the only path to eternal life in heaven.
HE IS the wisdom we need to succeed in this life.
HE IS  the final victor in the battle between good and evil.
HE IS the creator and sustainer of the universe.
HE IS  the one who gives us joy and peace.
HE IS our protector from temptation.
HE IS our refuge. 

and it is our privilege to tell everyone we meet!

The Voice of God

Genesis 3:8 says that Adam and Eve heard the "voice of God walking in the garden." God was walking where they lived. I believe that God still walks where we live. But the voice of God takes many different forms. Here are some of them.
The honking of geese in night-time flight.
The hoot of an owl in pre-dawn light.
Mother, to child, whispering "It's all right."
These are the voice of God.

A mother's soft, gentle lullaby.
A newborn's first energetic cry.
The gurgle of a stream as it flows by.
These are the voice of God.

A small child saying "I love you."
A parent responding "I love you, too.
Let's play a game when dinner is through."
These are the voice of God.

The ocean's roar when there's a storm.
The crackling fire that keeps me warm.
A rooster's crow to welcome the morn.
These are the voice of God.

A father's firm, but loving, "No."
The distant cawing of a crow.
A cat's soft purr, steady and low.
These are the voice of God.

A child singing "Jesus loves me."
The in-flight buzz of a bumble bee.
The boom of thunder. It's plain to see
These are the voice of God.

The hiss of waves by a quiet sea.
An eagle's scream so wild and free.
A teen's "Thanks, Dad, for helping me."
These are the voice of God.

A red-bird's whistle, sharp and clear.
Rustling of leaves when autumn is here.
The whispering wind when pines are near.
These are the voice of God.

Thank you, Father, for your voice so clear.
Thank you, Abba, for letting me hear
And be reminded you're always near.
Thank you for speaking, dear God.

What Blocks Your View Of God

The children of Israel were not allowed to see the full glory and majesty of God when Moses went onto the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments. This was for their protection and safety.

But God has no wish or reason to shield Himself from his children today. He wants us to understand as much about Him as our minds will allow.

And this is also our desire. We have a deep longing to get a clear, focused view of his goodness, power, majesty and love. This longing to know Him is partly why we go to church. After all, where better to find the heart and mind of God than in his house? But unfortunately there are things in many churches that serve to block, rather than clarify our view of Him.

All too often, the pastor himself is the obstructing figure. His charisma, reputation, preaching style and leadership make him so imposing that we cannot see beyond him to God. He casts such a spell that God seems almost secondary.

In other situations denominational matters keep us from our quest. Requirements for lock-step worship styles, demands for participation in programs and loudly announced disagreements with other groups create a cloud that prevents us from seeing God.

Sometimes activity becomes a hindrance. Social service projects, political activism, food and clothing distribution, church beautification and fund raising for missions block our view. Good things all, they become part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

As God’s children, we are the church. We constitute the group of born-again believers who form a local congregation. If we cannot easily and consistently find God when we attend services together, we must allow the Holy Spirit to examine our hearts and minds. Are there problems within us that are blocking our view?

Then, with the wisdom offered us in James 1:5, we can help our church become a place where God is visible to all.