Saturday, February 27, 2016

What About God?

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It's been awhile since we've heard from Todd Parsons.  Our San Jose series took on a life of its own.  Indeed, Monday will have some final thoughts for the San Jose series.

In that last of the series, I need to talk about some of the people I met and spent time with.  My reactions to them and to the city are important, too.  It was a special visit that deserves at least one more post.  Especially in terms of how God got me there and how He spoke to me while I was there.  

Todd's thoughts, today, address that, in a way.  So, let's use this as kind of an introduction to our closing thoughts in the San Jose series.  I think we've all been in a place where run out of earthly resources and discover we've left God out of our equation.  And then we find ourselves being reeled back in by God.  And, suddenly, there's provision in the midst of the battle.  Because we're in the place God intended us to be, with full access to all He can give us.

1 Samuel 8:7  The LORD said unto Samuel, hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto you: for they have rejected you, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

     In Psalm 106, the psalmist rehearses how God has delivered the people of Israel from Egypt. How they sang and rejoiced at their deliverance and the demise of their enemy. However, they soon forgot the mighty power of God when they came to a place of no provision before their own eyes. Psalm 106:13-14 says, "they soon forgot His works; they waited not for His counsel: But they lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and temped God in the desert. Where does our own counsel, our own perception, our own eyes lead us?
     God deliberately brings us to a place of no water, no provisions, a barren place that our focus would be on Him alone to have our need met, trusting Him with all our hearts, as our Father... Your place, my place of need is our place to see God as our loving Father letting Him reign over us individually and corporately, rather than only our own eyes reigning, i.e., what we think is best for us. If He delivered the children of Israel from the hands of the enemy, He can prepare a table for you and I in the wilderness... He has not and can not change, it is we that are fickle, worshipping Him in the times that look good and we are despising Him when things look bad or have no obvious resolve... Even now, as I can see this about myself, He is not changed, but He is waiting to be gracious and His thoughts towards me, towards you, are thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you and I hope in the outcome (Isaiah 30:18, Jeremiah 29:11}. He waits for you and I to change our mind to say in that moment; "What About God?, What is He Thinking?, What is He Doing?, What is His Purpose and Plan here?"... Is it not that He would be glorified through us, thus we are glorified in Him, for we are made in His image?...

Malachi 3:6  I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

     I hear the LORD God saying to me: "Todd, I have a greater plan than yours that you want for yourself...it includes others with Me as the head and not Me as the tail...seeing as I am the source of love and life; and not you... Will you humble yourself and partner with My love, My Life?..."

     Of So Great Love, we are, tjp

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