“Oh, look! God’s right here helping! God’s on my side.” Psalm 54.4
Crisis brings out the spiritual side of almost every person I know. The plea to God for some comes from a life-threatening crisis; others look and use God as a companion Santa Claus. The common thread appears to be an intense God request coupled with disbelief that God would actually do anything. Perhaps God acts in rare moments, but only if I am exceptionally good or very special.
I find too many David Psalms to believe that David is surprised when God works. He might be at times but only because of his own failures! David asked or demanded God’s action and then openly expressed his joy and excitement as he saw God’s works around him.
The promise of God presence, support, and involvement is a Biblical certainty for each. A certain level comes and we can wait expectantly for things to happen. Beyond the basics, God is looking for our permission through requests or desires or pleas. My word of caution is, be careful what you ask God to do, he does act on every request!
Yesterday I saw him work in all aspects of my life. His presence changed the impact of my morning reflection. Several minor work crises resolved as people took on difficult decisions. A major conflict resolved itself, as the true motives of the parties involved became clear to everyone. A scheduling mistake worked brought unexpected challenges and rewards on the squash court.
Yesterday I experienced the easy side of God work. Today is a bit tougher. I must release a fear and request into his hands and let it go in faith. A close friend is going into surgery and God is the one person who can help. It is easy to suggest that one leave their request with God in faith; quite another to really let the request go in faith.
God desperately wants to be involved in the good, not so good, difficult, and parts where we hide in fear. Willing to step out in faith?