An Inaccurate God

I’ve found myself extremely grateful for something these days. I’m deeply grateful that God does not meet my expectations.

He far exceeds them.

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God does not fit Himself into the box in my mind labeled “God” even though I have intentionally filled that box with grand and glorious adjectives and characteristics. I have claimed He is holy, and He is. I have told friends He is my Provider, and He is. I have shared over and over again how good He is, and He is indeed good.

But He does not hold me to the limits I put on Him. The petty constraints I order my day by. “If I obey Him, God will bless me.” “If I pray, then this thing will happen.” “If I faithfully read my Bible, God will show me what He wants me to do.”

Like the doings of my God depended on me. No.

I’ve been humbled and in awe recently to watch my God abundantly bless me when I haven’t obeyed Him. I’ve seen Him make things happen when I’ve forgotten or forsaken to pray. I’ve seen Him direct my steps even when my Bible sat on the bedside table for too many days in a row.

Would I like you to know these things? No. Not really. I’d be much more comfortable with my faith if I could tell you that I was doing all those previous ‘list things’ right and now I am proclaiming God’s goodness in my life because I’ve earned His attention, His favor, His love.

But, it’s just not true. I’ve held an inaccurate view of God. God’s treatment of me has absolutely nothing to do with me.

It has everything to do with Himself and with Jesus.

Himself because, when it really comes down to it, God doesn’t do things contingent on my actions . . . ever. He does things because they make His name great. He does all for the glory of Himself, because He is the only One Who deserves glory. And so He blesses me because it proves to me again how great He is. He directs my ways because He gets glory from that. Everything strings back to Him. Everything finds it’s beginning and end in Him and in His glory.

And with Jesus because He was and is perfect. He is the picture of the Child God wants to see when He looks at me. And it is what He sees when He looks at me. He doesn’t bless me based on my spinning more plates or running faster on my hamster wheel. He doesn’t lead me because I’ve acquired enough ‘Christian points’ for the week. He blesses me and He leads me because I am in Christ.

I have been overwhelmed by blessing recently, and oh so tempted to feel guilty that I can’t return the favor, or live up to the amount of blessing being given to me. But I was never intended to. I was meant to soak it in, let it seep in deeply, show me who my God is, my God without limits and without boxes. And praise Him. Loudly, publicly, passionately. Because He is great, because He is worthy, because He is everything.

Scripture for consideration:

And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I deal with you for my name’s sake, not according to your evil ways, nor according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the Lord God. (Ezekiel 20:44)

But you, O God my Lord, deal on my behalf for your name’s sake; because your steadfast love is good, deliver me! (Psalm 109:21) 

For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake you lead me and guide me. (Psalm 31:3)

God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 1:28-32)

For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17)

“Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak, and let the earth hear the words of my mouth. May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distill as the dew, like gentle rain upon the tender grass, and like showers upon the herb. For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe greatness to our God! “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he. (Deuteronomy 32:1-4) 

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