Did I Miss God?

12 03 2014

When I have my quiet times with God, the heavens open, the Spirit descends, the room fills with glory, and I am overwhelmed by the presence of God.

I wish.

Actually, my typical experience with God is pretty boring.   It’s quiet.  It’s still.  It’s simple.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’ve had some awesome, powerful, Glory filled moments with God… but not many.  Most of the time, it’s just me and God.  No hype.  No frills.  No wow.

And it’s ok.

To be the guy who expects the earth to shake every time I come to God, isn’t healthy or wise.  Anytime you come to God with experience expectations there exists an internal pressure which can lead to two very false assumptions, if your experience isn’t mind blowing…

God didn’t show up.

or

I must have failed.

And neither are true.  In 1 Kings 19, Elijah found himself in an encounter with God, and God came to him much differently than he expected.  There was a powerful wind, then an earthquake, and then a fire.  All big time experiential events, but it said that the Lord was not in those things.

But then came God’s “gentle whisper.” (1 Kings 19:12). 

Our experiential nature can sometimes pressure us to experience the wind, earthquake, and fire every time we come into God’s presence.  Yet some days, God wants to whisper into our souls, and we’d be wise to let Him.

I’ve come to place in my life where I just let God be God over my times with Him.  I don’t try to tell Him what it should be like and I don’t expect that it will be anything other than what it is… time with my Master.  The pressure is gone and my soul is at rest, when I let Him define our time together.

Today, let God be the God of your time with Him.  You don’t need to stir up the experience and you don’t need to try to conjure up earthquakes and fire.  Just let Him do His thing.  The only thing you need to do is come.

“Just as I am, without one plea,

but that Thy blood was shed for me,

and that Thou bidst me come to Thee,

Oh Lamb of God, I come.  I come.”  -  from the hymn “Just As I Am”


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