“Fix my eyes on God – so I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God.” Psalm 43.5
When the word “remedy” flies around my mind goes to advertising slogans. Amazing promises for cures conditioned on the consumer spending money. The consumer challenge is guessing which products deliver their claims before spending money.
I often find myself falling back into the advertising trap with God. I wonder which part of God’s promises are hype and, rather than looking at God’s acts, I keep guessing and anticipating. My behavior makes the following statements.
“It unreasonable for God to love me unless I behave.”
“God is so big, powerful, and awesome, he really does not have time for individuals.”
“God’s Spirit is old, so he does not act unless things are really bad.”
I believe God smiles when he sees this. I believe God’s sense of humor appears when seekers realize how infected these questions are. This week God quietly answered my questions with a humorous “in your face approach”.
First, answers to the age of God’s spirit (old) and his ability to be involved in details. Coming home, I felt the strong impression of a friend in need. In the course of my day thoughts continued to haunt; thoughts about God’s lack of active caring and involvement in my life. My first reaction to the impression was that I must be an idiot. God does not work this way, especially with this level of detail. Wrong! God pursued me and I acted. The confirmation came of need came quickly, an email note within the day.
Second, answers to the link between God caring for individual bad people, especially when they publicly state they doubt of God or behave as if God does not exist. I saw it first in the life of a friend. I witnessed the miracle of God working the inside. I saw the God twinkle in their eyes and I knew without a doubt that grace pervades every part of life.
Ready for the cure? Look, God is at work!