Not sure what I'd be blogging about this morning, I prayed for clarity. So many ideas were bouncing around in my head, but nothing was really standing out. Would it be something about my baby attending Kindergarten today? What about keeping anxiety at bay as I prayed for a friend in surgery? Not knowing what direction to take, I just prayed that God would give me something to write that would encourage others. I've been meditating on various attributes of God each week. This week I've been focusing on God's greatness. You can take any attribute of God, such as lovingkindness or powerful, and multiply that to infinity and that's how I envision God's greatness. He's not just powerful like other people are powerful, His power is GREAT. And, in this meditation of God's greatness, I've asked to understand Him more. Not only do I want to read the Psalms or other books of the Bible and hear about His greatness (although that is a tremendous thing to do!), but I want to know His greatness. I want to believe God is great with all my heart.
God decided to show me His greatness in full force this morning when I received miraculous news about my friend's surgery. This isn't the first miracle God has done, and surely won't be the last, but when it happens and it defies modern medicine and even common sense, you are left with your jaw hanging open and no natural answers at all. Why did God perform this miracle? Because He is GREAT.
Because He could!
Because He is kind!
Because He is merciful!
To receive glory!
To remind me that He really is with us and will never leave or forsake us.
There are too many possible reasons that God performed this miracle. But, I know this...He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or even think. That's how great God is!
When you see the work of God, remember it. Dwell on it. Bring it up in conversation and in prayer often. As we "raise our Ebenezers", as we remember the mighty works of our great God, we will grow in belief, faith, peace and joy.
Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the LORD has helped us."
1 Samuel 7: 12
God delivered Israel from danger and they responded with setting up a memorial stone so they could remember this kindness and be strengthened by it in the future. If I dwell on the mighty miracles of God, both in the distant past and in present day, then my fears will dissipate and peace will take its place. Of course, joy will follow and praises to our great God will ensue!
May we live our lives confident in the greatness of God! Are you facing something that looks impossible? A broken marriage? A prodigal child? A trial of another sort? God promises you that nothing is impossible for Him. He is great and greater than anything or anyone.