Sometimes all a person has is questions and very few answers.
Anyway, I recently read this quote that really (and I mean really) got me thinking:
God wants to do the inconceivable, the uncommon, the unexpected, the remarkable, the incomprehensible, so that He— God—is the only explanation for what occurs in our lives. Don Cousins as quoted in Vertical Church by James McDonald- p.69
That took my mind immediately to Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Then came the questions-questions I can’t answer-least not for you.
Have we substituted the mundane for the miraculous?
Have we substituted self-effort for God’s strength?
Have we substituted the expected for the experience?
Have we substituted the show (let’s get on with it) for the show (God’s glory)?
Have we substituted the normal for the unexpected?
Have we substituted good feeling for God’s pleasure?
Have we substituted comfort for God’s presence?
Have we substituted manufacturing God’s presence for manifesting God’s presence?
Those questions are rattling around in my brain. Do I have answers? For some I do. Sadly. But I know it doesn’t have to be that way. I know what I want my answers to be.
How would you answer them? Pastor? Follower of Christ? For you? For your church community? I’d like to hear your thoughts.