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Thursday, October 20, 2011

When God Just Doesn’t Seem To Be Enough… A Few Thoughts for Today

As "grown-ups", it is so easy to see how young Sojourner would want to have a familiar hand to stroke her hair out of her eyes or sing softly to her as she tries to go to sleep in a strange place. To have a familiar voice comfort us can be just what we need under stressful circumstances. But, what about us as adults? I love the Lord with my whole heart and have given my life to obey Him wherever in the planet God chose to send me but, well, there are times when I just need to feel that human contact. This is especially true since blindness covered my colorful African world with total darkness 24-7 a long 17 years ago. Doubtless I could never have remained in this rugged environment as a blind person without an incredible amount of the Loving God's grace to "light" my days!

Still, there were those times when I just didn't feel like God was enough. Can I admit to you that I felt so guilty when I felt like that? Will you think less of me because, of course, the God Who made the universe should be enough for anyone and to think otherwise must be sin or something akin to making God scowl, at the very least! How arrogant of me to think that I needed more than the One Who is all-powerful, all-knowing and ever-Present! Well, dear Reader, if you have found yourself in this same situation at times and, like me, also found yourself adding "guilt" to the heart-breaking grief, read on! God understands!

In fact, it is God's omniscient nature that assures us that He does. God is all-knowing! But, that's not all… God is, also, all-powerful which means that there is nothing that can keep God from getting to you just what it is that you need at any given moment. Take care here, though, to remember that God's ways are not our ways so His timetable to actually bring what you need may not fit into the microwave generation of thought. God makes sure that you are looking to Him for counsel and direction so that you can trust Him to send the provision to follow His guidance. That, normally, will come first. However, your need for human or like-minded companionship or conversation is one thing we can see in the Bible God lives as well as understands!

God was not alone, Himself, and did not intend for us to be either! God wanted us, people made in His own image, to find fulfillment in relationships with others. From the very beginning this is shown in the Bible… in Genesis Chapter 1, everything was dark and empty. God sends the Holy Spirit to check it out and then They begin to create life on and for our planet Earth.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, "Let there be light…" (Genesis 1:1-3a, NIV)

"Wait a minute," you say, "There is God, the Father, and this verse will tell us that God the Holy Spirit was there when it all began, but where is it written that the Son was there? I don't see it in Genesis Chapter 1." Okay, let's check it out. You will need to flip over to the New Testament, the Gospel according to John, Chapter 1, where we will read a familiar three-word beginning:

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4, NIV)

If we read just a bit further we will see who the Bible says is the "Word" Who we just read was there in the beginning, creating the world with the Holy Spirit and the Father:

Verse 14: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Throughout all four gospel chapters, we learn that the one who dwelt among us was Jesus, the Son of God. So, putting these two passages together, we can see how the Three Persons of God were together from the very beginning… Father, Son and Holy Spirit! God was not alone so He does understand when we need someone to share whatever it is we are going through just now!

But, that is not enough… a beautiful planet for the three of them to enjoy! They want to fill it with us

Later in Genesis Chapter 1, the Three Persons of God just mentioned, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, decide to put their creative minds together again and create us… in their own image! To me that is simply amazing!

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground. (Genesis 1:26, NIV)

Sounds pretty encompassing of all they have made so far, doesn't it? God intended that mankind would rule over all that They had made on the planet, expecting that we would take good care of it, of course! Mankind was not to be just another flower or pretty butterfly, fitting into the landscape just created! God expected that mankind would be in charge of it all. Can't see that? Keep reading then:

So, God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27, NIV)

If you keep reading in the Bible you will see that God encouraged them to multiply and fill the earth, as well as giving them the charge to rule over the things They had made on the earth already. God would be the Founder of the Creation but mankind was to be the CEO, kind of thing. They would be working together, in a perfect world. Again, God never planned to be alone; He wanted a team to work with on the new planet They had just created.

The account in Genesis Chapter 2 of God making Eve to be Adam's partner in the new business of life in the Garden is fairly well known. The point is that, God had a good plan here so that Adam would not have to be alone in the Garden. Of course, God would have been enough to help Adam get the job done of ruling the planet, but God had created Adam with the need for companionship and someone to talk things over with when ruling the earth. Someone to help him make the decisions, etc. God made Adam with that already built in because God did not want Adam to be without someone who was going through the same things he was. God, Himself, sensed that there would be times, for Adam, "when God just didn't seem to be enough," and made provisions for him!

**** A Few More Thoughts Tomorrow, Genesis 2 plus King Solomon

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