God is big enough to allow us to be angry.
God is big enough for our toughest questions.
All too often people limit God to a box which they fashioned within their own minds, based upon all that they have heard from others. Of course, they never actually did any of the research to assure themselves of their beliefs, or to set a foundation and basis for their beliefs. Most people leave their faith behind with the knowledge of a 12th grader. And when the espouse their arguments, they are based upon the incomplete teachings and learning of a 12th grader, as well.
What many fail to understand is that God is Big Enough! If God could handle the lions in the lion’s den and protect Daniel and his brothers,dealing with the Ninevites and Jonah’s attitude, the Babylonians, and the Sodomites…I truly believe, He can handle someone just like you and I! I, after much reading and studying of the Bible, truly believe that God is having greater difficulty dealing with man and his freedom of thought & choice than with the entire creation of the universe. Man is one tough cookie to gain a handle of, let alone deal with. Just dealing with co-workers, children, the elderly, etc. they all have their proclivities and difficulties. Our elder parents who want things a specific way, but you do it another, hmmmmmmmm…
God is much bigger than we are, and far more forgiving & understanding than we are. Only He can accept our apology and repentance and give us another, and another, and yet another, chance until our final breath. Man, on the hand, carries a grudge for what seems to be a very long time; hours, days, weeks, months, years, and even lifetimes. Man, at his core, is vengeful and vindictive. Whether in time of war, or peace, man will carry on a grudge and hatred for another person or people. Although, there are many quotes about trusting God, but even God promotes common sense. Will God ensure that your camel won’t run away at night while you sleep? He could, but that is not proper and common sense handling of the assets which God has placed into your care. Do not think that I am suggesting pacifism, because I do not believe Jesus promoted such a thing when it was recorded by Doctor Luke:
“He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” ~Luke 22:36
I believe He was telling us to be prepared! In several of the parables that Jesus spoke to the crowds, the underlying principle and teaching was that of preparedness. Also, it was inferred from the Parable of the Vineyard that there is a time for war, at least upon first blush. Even though this very parable is telling of God’s judgement upon man in the End Times. There are other beliefs and interpretations, but I am trying to keep things simple, to the point, and focused.
Consider what was written in Ecclesiastes 3:
A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace. (vv. 1-8)
There is a time for everything during the course of our lives. We are obligated to be prepared for each and that our families need to be prepared for each, especially those most devastating moments (such as death, catastrophes, etc.) The only way we can be so prepared is to plan for just such a thing in our lives and train in such things.
Getting back to our main topic, God is big enough for us to trust in Him, have faith in Him and in His word! In part of a sermon series that Pastor Scott Beckenhauer has been speaking on, entitled “I Am: Embracing My Identity in Christ,” that we are warriors for Christ and this particular episode (June 19th, 2016) was specifically touching upon the Armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-20. To be such a warrior, one must recognize that we must be prepared to do battle in not just the physical world, but in the spiritual world first and foremost! We aren’t just fighting other men, or people, but rather we are fighting the misguiding spirits which are guiding our foes against us. To adequately do so, we must be prepared properly. Spiritually, mentally, and physically. We place our complete faith upon our God, and seek His guidance by Christ through the Holy Spirit. Spend more time reading and feeding your mind with that which is good and noble, after all…
To think on God more often throughout your day will place His will upon your mind, and you have a better chance of understanding His purpose and His will for your life in His world. Keep in mind that God sees everything from before time until the end of time: in other words, He sees the big picture. You and I can only see small snippets of fragmented time frames.
Always remember that GOD IS BIG ENOUGH! Ponder that for a while, then think on the grandness of God and His eternal word and the gift He gave us…His Son as the final sacrifice for our sins! There is nothing that you can do to top that BIG act of Love!
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD