Dads Bikes and a BIG Dangerous God… (Reprise)

Posted: 10/18/2016 in Uncategorized

I originally posted this in July of 2014 – it was powerful for me to read it again today. (Happy Fall)

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I have had the chance to read through the old testament a few times over the past couple of months and there is this amazing thing that God revealed to me as I read through Isaiah…

God constantly introducing Himself and re-introducing Himself to His people. Look at these phrases:

43:1 – This is what the Lord says- he who created you, O Jacob who formed you O Israel: Fear not for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

43:14 – This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel

44:2 – This is what the Lord says – he who made you, who formed you in the womb…

44:6 – This is what the Lord says – Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty

I believe it is because then, as now, it is easy to forget the true nature of God…

We are inundated with this culture and “how things are” that we forget that God is constant – that He stands apart from culture and is completely different.

Here are a few things God is reminding me about who He is…

I keep getting this picture of God as this loving father trying to teach me to ride a bike… I don’t always get it right, I don’t always remember exactly what He tells me, I don’t always trust Him – BUT instead of getting angry and disappointed, I think he is joyful.  Joyful that I made it one foot farther that I went last time!  And he swoops in like any loving father would to pick me up – pat me on the back and put me back on the bike!

When we paint God with the brush of this culture, He becomes this disappointed and angry father and nothing could be farther from the truth.

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I also have been getting this picture of a dangerous God that leads us into dangerous places… We have turned God into this comfort providing safety net. We have made for ourselves a God who is tame (and oh so small). What this world desperately needs, what YOUR WORLD DESPERATELY needs is adventure seeking followers of a HUGE and unsafe God. Let’s not play it safe with Him and ask Him not to play it safe with us!

love.

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