Sunday, January 20, 2008

His Terms, Not Ours

It is Sunday morning. Our children have gone to Sunday School and morning worship. I am feeling much better than I have the past four days. I woke up without nausea and am feeling somewhat rested.

My wife and I just watched an Andy Stanley message on the Internet. The message focused on the fact that we need to come to God on His terms, not our own. Most people do not become Christians because all their questions are answered; they become Christians when something personal happens to minimize these questions. He used the account of Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3 and 15:5-6 to show an example of God revealing Himself on His own terms to an individual person. In Genesis 15:5-6, Abraham put aside all his questions; in verse 6, we read: And Abraham believed the LORD; and He credited it to Him as righteousness. With trust and humility, Abraham submitted to God. Citing John 3:16, Stanley said that the change in your thinking about God comes when you realize that God is personal, that He knows you, He loves you, and He cares about you.

That’s how it was for me, in March of 1993, during the Storm of the Century, on a men’s retreat. It was there that I was overwhelmed by the love of God. Then, in humility I trusted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in response to the truth of the Word of God.

Andy Stanley challenged his listeners, and I would like to challenge those of you who are reading this blog but are not quite sure about this whole God thing – take some time to tell God: God, I want to know You more than I want all my questions to be answered. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you on His terms. And wait to see what happens. What do you have to lose?

1 comment:

Gianelle Bendijo Covenant Marriage Seminars said...

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