Observation--We are about to begin a series in Revive examining images or attributes of God. So I've been thinking and praying a lot about what God looks like. What God IS like. How God acts.
And the more I study and pray. The more I realize I know so little! I love to put God in my box and make God act and behave and look like I need or want or picture!
Today's lesson reminded me of this again! Did you hear all the awful things that happened? Locusts that ate the people. Hail and Fire. Mountains thrown into the sea. Stars flung into the depths of the earth. This doesn't sound like the God I know. It scares me and saddens me.
But, I don't have to understand God, for God to be good. I don't have to like what happens for me to love God. I think of it like people. I don't always like people. I shouldn't admit that--I'm a pastor, I should like everyone! But I don't. Sometimes people grate on my nerves. Sometimes I've asked for things 10,000,000 times and its still not on my desk, or in my hands. Sometimes people say mean things or do evil. I don't always like people.
But that's the beauty of being Christian. I don't always like people--but I always love them. I love them despite. I love them because that's my call. And if I believe that God works the same way--that God loves through everything--then if God is really like this--bringing wrath--then there must be something behind it. I don't have to understand everything that happens, but I have to love inspite of it.
If I can love people when they are unlovable. I surely can love God when I'm not sure I agree. I love God. I honor God. I worship God. And for today, that's more important than understanding Revelation!
Prayer: God, you are amazing. Let me remember you are bigger than I am. Better than I know. Let me be small, so you can be great. Let me be still so you can work. Let me be quiet so you can speak. Amen.