How is your experience of God? Has it been awhile? If your finding that God has begun to get smaller and the size of your problems have been growing then maybe it is time for a fresh experience of Him. Jesus said “It is written,“It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” Matthew 4:4 MSG. He also said “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.” John 6:51 GNT. He was comparing himself to the manna that the Jews ate in the wilderness when they were freed from Egypt. And they had to collect manna each day for the day. Yesterdays manna would be no good today, and today’s manna would be no good for tomorrow. There is a principle in there. Yesterdays experience of God was wonderful, but it wasn’t supposed to be an anchor point in your life. We need to experience God afresh and to grow in our understanding of Him daily, and as we experience and know Him more we can begin to see Him and know Him as He is.
But it takes more than just an experiences. We also need to get outside out comfort zones. One thing I have learned over the years is the size of your God is proportional to the size of your comfort zone. Israel had a comfort zone which allowed them to see God as able to defeat an army, but Goliath was outside their comfort zone and therefore outside the ability of their God. David’s comfort zone was God, and so it didn’t matter what he encountered or what difficulty he faced. He knew his God well enough to rest completely in Him and face whatever came at him.
How big is your God?
God calls us to step outside our limitations into the limitlessness of Him. If all we are hanging on to is what we know and are comfortable with then we are only experiencing a little bit of God, and then like Israel our God is very small. Every person used by God through time has experienced Him and His greatness to the degree they yielded to His hand in their life, And stepped out into the life God had for them. Our experience of God is dependent upon our willingness to let go of what we know and are comfortable with. With God there can be no comfort zone. God is our comfort zone, and as we let go of ourselves and step out into Him we can be ones who turn the world upside down.
We also need to give God opportunities to do something. If we refuse to get involved then we will not see God move. Israel had the same opportunity to see God move powerfully against Goliath as David did. David was the only one who was willing to step out and give God an opportunity to move. How many situations do we encounter in a day where God could do something? How many lives do you know that could be forever changed if God touched them? How many opportunities do we have to see God move every day of our lives?
- The elderly gentleman on the bus with the oxygen tank
- The coworker struggling with family problems
- The friend overcome by debt
- The person beside us in the hospital
- The person we meet in the grocery line who simply needs to know that they matter
We live in a time where God is ready to move powerfully if we are willing. Will we give God the opportunity to move or will we hide in our self-imposed comfort zones. If we will experience God and get outside ourselves and allow God to move we can see God do great things in our lives and in the lives of the people we meet.
The question we have to answer is how big is your God?
God is moving in our world today. Stories abound of the hand of God touching people and transforming lives. And it is always with people who are simply following Him, allowing Him to touch their lives and doing the things He says to do. All God needs to move powerfully is people who will come to know Him, step outside themselves and their comfort zone and follow where He leads
God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him –Hudson Taylor