I recently had the opportunity to connect with a darling twenty-something friend who has left the church for this season (like many other twenty-somethings). She is exploring her world and making new friends. I was so grateful for the opportunity to squeeze her neck and connect with her, and like most grace encounters, I left learning something and creating my new year’s resolution: I must stop believing in a wimpy God.
Because friends, more often than not, God is trying to teach us something (rather than someone else). *New Years Resolution number two: work on changing myself, rather than changing others. Let God change others. End of story.
My friend brought one of her girlfriends and we all connected so easily, chatting about music and guitars, cooking and furniture. Both girls told me what had led them to the choices they were currently making and I listened. As I walked back into my car I immediately wrote down two things:
- If women understood more of who God is and how much He loves us, it would change our entire lives.
- I must stop believing in a wimpy God because to a dying world, what person would want to believe in a wimpy Creator?
Some of you are thinking, well I don’t think my God is wimpy. If that’s that case, I want to pose several questions to you:
- Have you ever withheld a dream from God thinking He wasn’t capable of bringing it to fruition?
- Have you ever withheld something broken (specifically a relationship) wondering if God could restore it?
- Do you make endless lists manipulating outcomes so that you remain in control rather than open-handedly giving your outcomes to God? Even if it means you fail (in an earthly sense?)
If you have said yes to any of these, than yes, you most certainly have believed in a wimpy God.
Welcome to the club.
So how can we stop this nonsense? How can we actually believe in the God of the Bible? The God who parts Red Seas, turns water into wine, gives sight to blind men and makes a way for paralytics to walk again. How do I create a canvas for myself to believe that His ideas for my life – and His miracles all around me – are enough?
SEEK HIM FIRST
Jen Wilkin has been reminding me that when I read God’s Word, I should always ask the question, “What does this say about God?” rather than “what does this passage say about me?” When I grow in His word (whether it is five minutes a day or fifty minutes a day), I begin to understand the heart of my Father. I learn that He really has a plan and purpose for my life. That He is actually for me. And He is really and truly weaving everything together for good.
But I must be in His presence daily to remember. Challenge number one: seek Him unashamedly.
GOD IS NOT WIMPY
He’s just not. I could go a lot of places with this, like the battle of Jericho or a slight chin lift toward the heavens to see God’s glory, but because I am talking about you and I, I want to speak further about us.
You and I were made to be image-bearers of God. In fact, every single human that you meet today is an image- bearer, marked with divine authority by our King. And the complexity behind the human body is beyond our comprehension.
Because just a few facts can boggle our minds:
Your nose can remember up to 50,000 scents.*
An adult human is made up of 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms.*
When awake the human brain produces enough electricity to power a small light bulb.*
And this is not to mention there has never (nor will there ever be) another human like you. And that isn’t just including the 7 billion people currently in the world, but including all the people who have ever inhabited the world.
Challenge number two: if God can create something incredible out of nothing at all, couldn’t we (shouldn’t we) trust Him?
GOD’S OUTCOMES WILL NOT MAKE EARTHLY SENSE
The Holy Spirit will lead you to trust God in new ways, so that He can prove His power. His gentle prodding might lead you into a new dream, reconciling a relationship, or a different kind of surrender. And you will hopefully follow where He leads.
Sometimes you will see immediate fruit.
And sometimes you won’t.
In fact, sometimes you might feel like a failure. Believe me, I have.
But you and I must understand that our battles are being fought in the heavenlies (Ephesians 6:12) and these are the battles that truly matter. So more often than not, we won’t see the outcome our human flesh desires because something bigger is happening in the spiritual realm.
Challenge number three: trust in His ways over yours, no matter the earthly outcome.
When we decided to attribute to God His rightful power and follow in faith, our lives will look different. And we (most assuredly) walk into our greatest adventures. And people will want more of this un-wimpy God because suddenly we will be living un-wimpy lives.
Are you with me? Let’s let 2017 be our year that we stop believing in a wimpy God.