I received an e-mail recently in which someone expressed their doubt that it could have been God who led me on that seemingly “circuitous” walk that he indeed led me on as described in my article yesterday. The person said, in a manner of speaking, that the Christian life is “much more easy than that.” God is simply “not that complicated and would in no way lead you on such a questionable route.” That, essentially, was the essence of it.
Well, the intent of this article is to let you know that God does indeed do seemingly strange things sometimes, and not to be at all surprised if some very strange things seem to be happening in your life — because it just could be God, especially if you are a believer.
First, let’s look at the negative. You know it’s NOT God when it flatly contradicts the Bible. Line everything up with the word and see if it could possibly be God. That’s our yardstick — the word of God.
In case you didn’t read yesterday’s article, here is a brief summary of what happened to me on May 31st, 2001:
1. As I was walking into work, the Lord appeared to be directing me to the left. In my spirit, he was leading me “that way”.
2. The Lord led me on a little walk.
3. The Lord eventually led me to stand right under a huge sign that reads, “ST” (the sign of the company next to Nortel, where I work).
4. The Lord said no more but I conjectured (guessed) that he was leading me to pray for ST. I did and immediately felt a release in my spirit, as though God were saying, “You’ve done what I asked you to do.”
5. A few hours later, at a regularly scheduled prayer meeting during lunch, my friend who works for ST told me that during a press release earlier that same morning, ST announced that that same division of ST was going to close its doors in 3 months. He estimated that about 500 workers would be affected. That’s some 2000 lives, if you include the immediate families. If you included the extended families and other people that would be affected, it could go as high as 10,000 people! In short, this was a very “big deal”.
Now the person who wrote seemed to dismiss the whole thing as merely “emotional”. After all, God can guide you, can’t he, simply through giving you the desire to pray for ST let’s say, on your lunch break or even at a regularly scheduled prayer meeting such as I attended later on that day? Ah, yes, he certainly can! But as someone has rightly pointed out, our God is an awesome God! He does not often engage in the “ordinary” — or should I say, when he does, he does so with “ordinary” people. But, let’s look a bit at some of the rather awesome, and extraordinary events that our awesome God has performed, and see whether or not this could have been God leading me that day.
1. A man named Moses is out tending the flocks on day, and he suddenly sees a bush blazing on fire — yet it is not being burned! Then he hears a voice talking to him from the bush! The voice claims to be … God! Now why on earth would God do that, do you suppose? Shouldn’t God just have spoken to Moses during his devotions that morning, instead of all this “fancy” and “emotional” stuff? I mean, why all the fuss, God? Speak normal, please, will you!
2. This same man Moses, later, carries a stick, and when he throws it on the ground, it turns into a snake! He then picks it back up and it turns into a stick! God himself takes the credit for it, saying, in a manner of speaking, “I did it.” Again, we see God “over-reacting” here a little bit, don’t you think? “God, you should have done things the normal way … Hey, Moses, put down that stick!”
So, is God ordinary? No. Our God is not ordinary. He meets us on our level. He knows I like a challenge. And I like having fun. My father — daddy father — plays with me. And I hope he plays with you, too! Because, friends, that’s what this thing is all about. It’s about a relationship with the father who loved you and I so much that he gave his One and Only Son, Jesus, to die for our sins, so that we would be spared! Wow, man … he loves you!
For some of you, the time is now to wake up to the fact that God is not the God that you once thought he was. He is, simply put, an extraordinary God! If it doesn’t contradict the Bible, don’t let people weigh you down with their presuppositions about how it is “supposed” to be.
Friends, tomorrow, God could say to you, “take a ride to Cincinnati” and that might be 10,000 miles away. Would you dismiss it because (A) it was too far? (B) it cost too much? (C) Cincinnati is not a good place to visit? (Etc.)? I tell you, if you go dismissing things like that because of your inborn presuppositions, well, this is what’s going to happen: You’re going to miss God, that’s what. And that could be very very serious indeed. The consequences could be very far reaching, indeed.
Have people missed God before and paid dearly for it? You had better believe that they did — and they did it, because what actually happened didn’t “line up” with what they expected. Sadly, they chose to “listen” to their presuppositions more than what happened. And it happened in the case of Jesus actually coming to the earth. Because the Jews rejected Jesus, they were judged. Here is the judgment that was leveled against them by our Lord and Savior himself:
“For the days will come upon you when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, and surround you and hem you in on every side, and they will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” (Luke 19:43-44, NASB)
There you have it. The definitive word from God himself on what happens to people who, because of their presuppositions, do not recognize a true work of God. In the Jews’ case, they dismissed Jesus as “not being from God” (though he is God himself!) because they figured, “This could not be God because … God would not …”
Or would he?
If you have reason to doubt that God is in something as simple as what happened to me last week, then fine, go ahead and doubt. Doubt that it’s the Lord. But if I’m not mistaken, I would have to imagine that you are missing a whole lot more of God than you are supposed to in your life, because God is speaking to you, but you aren’t listening. And that is a sad, sad, shame.
So, God ahead. Loose the blessing. Put God in your “box”. Surround him with your presuppositions and don’t allow him to speak to you … except on “your” terms.
This is what will happen: In the end, you will weap. These will not be tears of joy that flow from your eyes, but they will be tears of sadness and regret, because you refused to listen to your ultimate lover, who was trying to woo you into blessed happiness, forever and ever (and that “ever” starts right here on the earth).
So bless God, or curse him. Believe him, or doubt him.
But loose the blessing, as well.
Praise the Lord! He’s coming soon.
Have you entered into relationship with the father? The father beckons for you today to come!
(Jesus said) “And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:39-40)