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Posted: December 18th, 2009 | Filed under: God | Tags: | 12 Comments »

Who is God to you?

We limit our awareness of God’s control by dividing that control among people and circumstances. We credit others with control and pray that God takes it back. God’s sovereignty has become a sentiment. Emotionalism that makes us feel better but still something that we hold out at arms length.

We cannot understand anything written in the scriptures if we don’t understand who God is.

What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn’t treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. -Romans 1:21-22

Are you faithful to God or to your idea of God?

When was the last time your idea of God was transformed? If we cannot comprehend the reality of eternity, then how can you comprehend the reality of God? How can you be in a position to lock in on an idea if you, at the same time, are aware that He is beyond understanding? We are creatures of habit, seekers of comfort and security. We all reach a point where we are unwilling to change, simply because we’ve gotten good at navigating ‘the way it’s always been.’

He is in control of our circumstances and we reject Him and what He is doing when we are in circumstances that don’t feel good. Our idea is that if God is good, then a perfect union with Him feels good. Jesus was in perfect union with God and He suffered immeasurably. Sparkly masks of peace and happiness are donned while the spirit underneath remains in the dark.

God makes no sense to our natural understanding, yet we still look for Him there. We dismiss ideas that contradict the trinket we’ve put our faith in. If your idea of God is not continually being transformed in to something less and less understandable, then you have latched on to a pacifier.

They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand. -Romans 1:23

Can you stomach God?

God is eternal. Eternity does not only stretch backward, but also forward. Time is something that humans use to make measurements, but we serve a God who is not bound by the rising and setting if the sun. God knows everything, uses everything, is in everything and has everything in His hand. God goes before you and follows behind you.

You are never off His radar and nothing takes you out of your path. Where you are is where you’re supposed to be. Where you are is crucial to who you are becoming. It’s not an accident. There was no big boom from which consequences and evolution ensued. In all of our theories and the beauty of science, we still cannot find any scientific explanation for how initial life began. It was a very specific purpose and set of events set into motion by the only hand that can create and sustain life.

He pays attention to every minute detail. Consider the the power of a single atom and all of the ways in which they come together to form the matter you take for granted. Are you, a unique code written on a strand of DNA, so faithless that you refuse to know your author simply because it makes you smaller than He? Would you prefer a Jesus who bounced on your dashboard?

Has the floor in your life fallen out? Where do you look to find meaning? We trace our steps and look for someone to carry the responsibility. You chose this, she chose that. Stupidity, selfishness, sin and evil. Where is God?

“God may cause our circumstances to suddenly fall apart, which may bring the realization of our unfaithfulness to Him for not recognizing that He ordained the situation.” -Oswald Chambers

Is your faith in a god of easy times and fiber optic blessing? Can you stomach a God who would allow your world to cave in because He had a reason for it? Can you submit to a God who doesn’t explain Himself? Holding God responsible for the happenings around you is your act of worship. You release yourself and others from the position of control and focus your helpless dependance on an eternal force who has set something in motion and will stick around to see it through.

Do you see God through yourself or do you see yourself through God?

He says, ‘Don’t be afraid.’ But, how can you not be afraid? He says, ‘Don’t worry.’ But, everything around you tells you to worry. If your own actions or the actions of another have the power to knock God’s purpose off its hinges, then you are worshipping self and/or others. You have rendered the Creator of the Universe incompetent, slow to act and trumped. How often do we do this? We become this frazzled mess while the rest of the world watches us completely contradict the things we say about God when all is well.

‘Our Lord is dethroned more deliberately by Christian workers than by the world. We treat God as if He were a machine designed only to bless us…’ -Oswald Chambers

It takes faith.

We are saved by faith. That’s why our faith is under attack. We are bombarded with a drugstore Jesus. We wobble on the stilts of an answer holder while secretly lost in a fog of confusion. We’re afraid and uncertain which results in us doubting our Christianity.

It takes faith, but faith is dead without action. The action is in the assurance. Assurance makes us behave a certain way. The behavior is not what is typically sought. There are a lot of behaviors in the religious community that can be faked, but this is something you can’t counterfeit. The behavior is the ability to sleep on the stern of a boat when a storm is taking it down (Mark4:35).

‘Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.’ -Job; Job 13:15 KJV

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12 Comments on “fiber optic god”

  1. 1 Angie said at 7:40 am on December 18th, 2009:

    My brain is spinning! I have learned so much from your writing these past few months and I still have the hardest time remembering the perspective you always try to give. I get it, but I keep forgetting it.

    Thank you for making my head spin again! You have such an amazing way of making this stuff that is usually over my head make sense.

    Do you speak very often? I would love to hear you speak!

  2. 2 J said at 7:47 am on December 18th, 2009:

    Serena, it would be LIFE CHANGING if more people got this! I think some do, in theory, but not in practice, like you said. Well done. It will be interesting to read the comments on this one.

  3. 3 Serena Woods said at 7:58 am on December 18th, 2009:

    Angie: I speak every once in a while. I have a link on my home page where you can check locations and dates if you want. πŸ™‚

    J: I wouldn't have this perspective if my 'fiber optic god' hadn't shorted out and burned my whole house of faith down. I realized, through a horrible situation, that I had no idea who God was.

  4. 4 Jen said at 8:17 am on December 18th, 2009:

    I'm hearing you, but I can't understand holding a good God responsible for the murder of children or the other meaningless crimes and tragedies that happen. Where is the sense and where is God then?

    I'd love your thoughts…

  5. 5 Jen said at 8:22 am on December 18th, 2009:

    I mean, I want to say that I don't serve a God who would allow that, but I can already feel that my thought process is wrong. I know there is something I'm missing. I KNOW God is good. I KNOW that bad, evil, things happen. My head is spinning, too. I do believe that God is sovereign. I guess I don't know exactly what that means, but the Bible says it, so I believe it.

    You see what you've done? πŸ™‚

  6. 6 Serena Woods said at 9:23 am on December 18th, 2009:

    Jen, we have to open our minds much wider than we have the capacity for. Trying to understand God is like trying to wrap your mind around the numberless number of eternity. It's like trying to reach the end of an endless space. God's reality/perspective is one that is supernatural to us. We are limited and numbered. We fit inside His eternal and endless existence. The more we understand about God, the more we realize how little we know. It's a matrix of mind blowing, entirely offensive and crippling truths that never seem to completely unravel.

    Can you start at the end of a life and look at the circumstances in reverse? How did things come about, who was involved? How did they come to be involved? Did they know they were involved? Can you trace the thread of cause and effect, action and reaction to the source? Every action is a reaction, do you know what is being reacted to? What do actions today look like in a thousand years?

    Does what hurts one help another?

    A woman loses her child in a store. She immediately notifies store employees who activate 'Code Adam.' The store is locked down and every square inch is searched until a little girl was found, five minutes later, in a men's bathroom with her head half shaved, shoes off and a plastic bag of boys clothing was lying on the floor next to her (true story). Code Adam saved her from God knows what.

    Multiply that story and implications by several hundred thousand. Multiply the several hundred thousand by at least three (to account for the child and parents) and that is how many people have been helped by a father whose son was decapitated by a man who kidnapped him from while he and his father shopped at Sears.

    How many millions of people praise God for the whoever made up 'Code Adam?' Your mind zaps between realities when you boil the statement down to 'praising God for what happened to Adam.' This is where most people exit the thought process.

    I'm getting wordy, but are sparks flickering in places that were resting before? I don't think we can have a very clear understanding of God unless we consider the implications of scripture actually says about the One who holds this entire endless system in His hands. If He is endless, and can hold in his hands what is endless, then…. terminology runs out when you're trying to scoop God up into something we can have a conversation about.

    Suddenly YHVH seems apropos…

    All the more, my point, it's ridiculous to sit around and make blithe statements about the ways of One we can't even properly name.

  7. 7 lisasmith said at 12:14 pm on December 18th, 2009:

    Do you see God through yourself or do you see yourself through God? beautiful question.

    Been pondering the same verse ‘Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.’ -Job; Job 13:15 KJV for the last few days.

    God is good.

  8. 8 Serena Woods said at 1:42 pm on December 18th, 2009:

    That verse means a lot to me. πŸ™‚

  9. 9 Lindsey @ A New Life said at 2:10 pm on December 18th, 2009:

    The best explanation I have heard in regards to the tragedies/injustices that happen is that God is ALWAYS found in the aftermath in a very visible way. A hurricane devastates a region; and people from all over and of all different backgrounds pull together and forge bonds to help each other. Serena's example above of the Adam alert created because of the terrible death of a young boy that has now saved countless children. The way God takes horrible things in our pasts and uses them for good–both in our hearts and to help others see God.

    If we can not see tangible evidence of God's work against the sin and devastation in this world, we wouldn't see our need for Him.

  10. 10 Lindsey @ A New Life said at 2:12 pm on December 18th, 2009:

    P.S. Saw this verse today in regards to a mother her recently lost her 12 year old son to cancer and it reminded me of this post.

    "But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him." 2 Corinthians 2:14

  11. 11 Serena Woods said at 3:16 pm on December 18th, 2009:

    Chuck Coleson thanks God for Watergate because he was converted through his failure.

    Jesus was glad that Lazarus died because it would give the others 'new grounds for believing.' John 11:14

    I thank God for my horrible failure because God found me in my filth.

    You can hate the sin, but fall in love with a God who works 'all things for the good of those who love Him.' rom8:28

  12. 12 Sisterlisa said at 6:09 am on December 19th, 2009:

    "…we’ve gotten good at navigating ‘the way it’s always been.’" This really stuck out at me. So true, we become so good at how we were trained to be in the circle of ritual that we become VERY good at navigating there. That's the false sense of security we get from controlling our own lives instead of walking by faith in Christ. There comes a time when God rips that circle of 'security' right out from under us because He knows when our time to fly has come.