How to Describe a Deep God Without Being Shallow

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Ever try to describe someone that you don’t really know that well?

It’s pretty shallow stuff like…

“He seems like a great guy.”

“She seems pretty cool.”

“He’s tall.”

“She’s the one with dark curly hair.”

When I hear descriptions like that I wonder if the person really knows the person they’re describing.

Like really knows them…

Ever try to describe God to someone only to find out that you don’t really know Him that well?

“God is great.”

“God is cool.”

“God is big.”

“God is beautiful.”

None of these descriptions are necessarily bad…

They’re just shallow.

And, God is so much deeper than that.

Do you really know Him?

How would you describe God to someone?

Here’s one way I would describe God…

God is great…so great that you can’t even measure how great He is.

God is stronger and more powerful than anything you can imagine…He made the sun come up again today.

God is full of mercy, compassion, and patience…He knows that you’re not perfect but He loves you anyway.

God is a promise-keeper…and He will never break any of His promises to you.

God is the source of all hope…He knows when you need it the most…and He will help you when you are weighed down by life and a feeling of hopelessness.

God is close…when you talk to Him, He hears you.

God is a protector…and He protects you with His peace when everything around you seems to be falling apart.*

So, how do I know all this about God?

Time.

You can’t ever really know someone unless you spend time with them…

And the same is true with God.

Do you want to know God…really know Him?

One way you can get to know someone is to spend time with them, listen to how they describe themselves, and then watch and see if they really are who they say the are.

Take some time this week to get to know God more…

Listen to how He describes Himself through His Word (like in Psalm 145)…

And then watch Him be God.

You might be surprised by how much you didn’t know about Him.

Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;
    let them proclaim your power.
I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor
    and your wonderful miracles.
Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;
    I will proclaim your greatness.
Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness;
    they will sing with joy about your righteousness.

Psalm 145:4-7 (NLT)

*Check out all of Psalm 145, where you’ll find the descriptions of God in this blog.

What a shark attack taught me about my faith

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The headline said, “Pro surfer survives shark attack in South Africa.”

Sounded interesting so I clicked on the article.

I think sharks are a lot like lions…

Especially when they stalk and attack their prey.

So, back to the article…

After the attack, the surfer was interviewed, and he said…

“All of the sudden, I just had this instinct that something was behind me.”

Interesting.

He had “this instinct.”

All of the hours in the water.

All of the time spent practicing.

All of his life as a surfer had unknowingly prepared him for this moment.

And his instinct kicked in and probably saved his life.

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The Bible says that the devil is like a lion…

A lion who is on the move, prowling around, looking for someone to devour.

Kind of like that shark.

Question is…will you be ready when he attacks?

Will your instinct kick in when you need it the most?

Like the surfer, the instinct doesn’t just happen.

The instinct comes with time…

Time with God.

The more time you spend practicing the presence of God, the better off you’ll be when the next attack comes.

So, watch out for the lion…

Stay alert, stand firm, be strong…

And, let your instinct kick in.

Your life is at stake.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.

1 Peter 5:8-9a

Why Prayer Feels Like a Waste of Time

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I like to pray big prayers…

I just don’t like to wait for the answer.

Or, maybe I just don’t like answer…

Or worse, maybe I just don’t believe God is going to answer…or that He can do anything about it.

I’ve had my doubts when it comes to prayer.

Is God listening to me?

Can even He do anything about what I’m asking Him to do?

Does He really care about my life?

Prayer is complicated.

Depending on your view of God, prayer is either like pushing the intercom button on your desk and asking your secretary to do something for you; or it’s like putting a message in a bottle, throwing it in the ocean, and hoping you get an answer back.

Or something like that anyway…

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Let’s assume for a second that prayer really isn’t that complicated.

That when you pray, three things are happening…

God is listening.  (Psalm 55:17)

God is able to do even more than you could ever ask Him to do.  (Ephesians 3:20)

God cares about you.  (I Peter 5:7)

If all of those things are true, then why do we sometimes feel like they’re not true?

Could be a lot of things I guess, but all of them boil down to one thing…

Doubt.

When we doubt God, we short circuit our prayers.

James said it this way using the example of asking God for wisdom…

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

If you expect to receive anything from God when you pray, don’t doubt Him.

God is listening.

He is the God of the impossible.

And, He cares about you.

It’s your move.

Welcome to God’s Art Gallery

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I love sunsets.

Just last week, I saw one from a roof in Guadalajara, Mexico that left me speechless.

He did it again.

The same God who made the sun come up that morning made it go down that night.

Every day, God paints a picture for us in a sunrise…and then He comes back and paints another picture for us in a sunset.

Every day…

For thousands of years…

Without fail.

And every time the sun comes up and goes down, it’s an original work of art.

All the colors.

All the shadows.

All the beauty.

Always unique…

Kind of like you and me.

God puts His fingerprints on each sunrise and each sunset…every day.

Not only that, He’s created billions of living, breathing works of art in you and me.

So, next time you happen to see one of His works of art, remember that it’s not just a copy or a cheap imitation or a random chance event…it’s God reminding us that He’s alive and well.

And, that He’s not done creating beauty.

Every day is a masterpiece…take some time to praise Him for it.

He deserves it.

“From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!”

Psalm 113:3 (ESV)