When God Shows Off
BIBLE READING: 2 Tim 1: 15 - 18 15 As you know, everyone from the province of Asia has deserted me—even Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord show special kindness to Onesiphorus and all his family because he often visited and encouraged me. He was never ashamed of me because I was in chains. 17 When he came to Rome, he searched everywhere until he found me. 18 May the Lord show him special kindness on the day of Christ's return. And you know very well how helpful he was in Ephesus.
What does the passage mean to you?
BLOG: So I'm not going to steal someone's story about how God did a GREAT thing for them today. That would be rude. But I do believe that God likes to show off.
Luke 12:22-26 22 And he said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
So much of our lives are set on auto-pilot; we tend to be shocked when something goes wrong.
But God does.
We have no idea what He has done on our behalf during the day. We don't know what tragedy He adverted or pain He saved us from. But when our average day goes wrong, we act surprised and even a bit dismayed. We ask, "Why God why?"
Isn't the God you trust when everything is going well the same God you trust when it isn't? What is happening to us right now doesn't determine who God is, His character and attributes tell us who He is. That's the part that is so good. When His love intervenes in our lives, we see miracles, healings, and more. The power of God on display just for us.
He is our God who loves us very, very much.
So what do you do when God shows off?
Worship Him. Sincere heartfelt, "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" would be a great place to start. But express your love and appreaction to Him for His intervention.
Tell Someone. Don't keep it a secret. "But, Pastor, people will think I'm nuts!" Maybe, but God doesn't think that you're crazy.
Let It Build Your Faith In Him. If I were you, I would get a journal, and every time God shows off - write it down. Every time you think that God has given up on you or your trust in Him wavers, pull it out and read. God never fails.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, I love you, and I know that You love me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. AMEN