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Job and his friends ask God a laundry list of “Why?” questions.
Why did this happen? Why did God not prevent it? Why does God allow such pain and loss?
Those ancient questions are much different than the ones we ask God today.
Situations. Circumstances. Experiences. Many of them leaving us asking, “Why?” Continue Reading...
In our modern culture, we aren’t really taught to nurture a sense of wonder.
Yet from the very beginning of Genesis, we get a glimpse creating endless surprises in the sky, sea, and land, all the way to the closing of Revelation where we see God seated on the throne with peels of lightning and thunder and creatures beyond description, we serve a God who is full of wonder. Indeed, our God is Wonderful.
I'm so excited to be part of the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, October 7-9--an event that attracts more than 10,000 pastors, leaders, and ministers from around the world. Gifted teachers, gurus, and my personal heroes including Andy Stanley, Louie Giglio, Brene Brown, Erwin McManus, Christine Caine and many more will be exploring the theme of Awaken to Wonder. Plus, on lab day, I can't wait to be part of the If:Gathering Track.
Why is wonder so crucial?
If familiarity breeds contempt, then religious familiarity breeds cynicism.
All of us, if we are not careful, can lose the wonder.
The wonder of...
being a child of God
of having our name on the lips of Jesus
of sharing the name of a holy nation, a royal priesthood, a gathering of precious saints
of walking among those who are broken but made whole, sinful but redeemed, imperfect but deeply loved
Hebrews 12:28-29 says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Do you see it?
Our worship of God, in part, is to be fueled by a sense of awe.
And so if we, who claim to be followers of Jesus, lovers of God, and aren’t experiencing any wonder of who God is in our lives, then maybe we need to ask some hard questions: Continue Reading...
Over the years, I’ve discovered that even a brief moment in the presence of God can change everything—my perspective, attitude, and reaction. Being aware of and experiencing God’s presence reminds me of my dependence on God. He is the source of everything—joy, provision, protection, love, grace, mercy, hope and so much more.
One of the greatest wonders of God is His presence. Continue Reading...
Sometimes I’m tempted to hold back my toughest questions from God.
You too? Oh, phew. I'm glad I'm not the only one.
I convince myself that if I don’t say things aloud then maybe they won’t be true or maybe they’ll go away. Or I tell myself that if I really told God what I truly thought, what I was really wrestling with, somehow God couldn’t take it.
But none of these beliefs are true or healthy. Continue Reading...