Comfortable God

Published on Apr 24th, 2013 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 3

 

I have been saved since I was about seven years old.  My father led me to Christ while painting the wooden shutters on our house.  I have been going to churches my whole life where the Word of God was taught to be the source of truth.  I have learning about God since I was born.  I attended Baptist Bible College and Biblical Theological Seminary.  God has graced me with the privilege of learning much about our God.  Yet the more I learn, the more I am humbled by how much I do not understand.  There are some truths about God that are revealed in the Word of God that just seem to be so different than what I expected that it takes the Spirit of God to change my heart and mind so that I am able to see God as He is.  It is in this process that find myself in awe of our great God.

 

One of those moments for me came when I read Isaiah 45:4-7.  I was reminded of this passage this past week and it is a passage that speaks to events like we just witnessed in Boston this past week.  Let me share it with you:

 

“For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me.  I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is not other.  I from light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord who does all these things.”

 

I would have to say then, that one of the reasons that the calamity in Boston happened was so that people all over the world would know God.  I am struck by this statement:  “I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord who does all these things.”  I realize that we must work hard at understanding God in light of this statement.  I know that God does not do evil.  I also know that dismissing this statement by simply saying it was God’s permissive will is too simplistic.  So what should our response be?   I am not sure that I can answer that question for you, but for me my response was one of being quiet.  I realized that my comfortable view of God needed to be shaken up just a little bit.  My faith or love for God did not waver but I was sobered to realize that there are still things about God that I needed to learn and truth be told, be uncomfortable with.  He was making himself known by creating calamity.  I want to know him.  Learning to know him, though, is way more comfortable when I am learning about the “power of his resurrection”. (Phil 3:10)

 

I was reminded of Psalm 46.  God is our refuge and strength.  We should not fear though all things around us are falling apart.  God does promise to make wars cease and to destroy his enemies.  But when he tells us “to be still and know that I am God”, part of that knowledge, in light of Isaiah 45 has to be that he was the one creating the calamity in the first place.  Those truths, to me, really do cause me to stop, be still, and seek to know Him more.

 

So when you have your discussions about the truths presented in the Word of God and how they define the events of the day, and you find yourself walking away from that discussion with your view of God wrapped up in a little bow and you are very comfortable with your knowledge of God…maybe you better go back and do a little more study until you find yourself being forced to be still and in awe of our great God.

3 Comments on “Comfortable God”

  1. Darlene says:

    Challenging thoughts that encourage thoughtful practice in Bible study. I definitely have to work on thoughtful practice.

  2. Lisa Krushinski says:

    Great post!
    God’s ways are certainly past finding out! But they are also perfect!(don’t know the 2 Scripture references off the top of my head)
    It’s also difficult to know Jesus in the “fellowship of his sufferings.”
    But, bottom line, God is love and He has lavished that love upon me and called me his child! Amazing love! Amazing God! Praise Him!

  3. Holly Stello says:

    Shared this entry with my youth group kids. We discussed Boston tonight at church and lots of interesting points were made. This seemed like perfect timing to share with the students, thanks for collecting these thoughts, they are appreciated all the way from Annapolis.