Thursday, January 15, 2015

It's a God Thing

It’s a God Thing
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 7:1-26
“The Lord did not choose you and lavish his love on you because you were larger or greater than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! It was simply because the Lord loves you, and because he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors.” (Dt 7:7-8 NLT)
Have you ever found yourself unable to explain a sudden turn-of-events? The only words that came to your mind were, “It’s a God thing!” Sometimes we are overwhelmed with obstacles that hem us in from every side and all we can do is trust the Lord and pray. That happened to me on more than one occasion. I remember one time driving down the street when a boy walking his bike darted right out in front of me. I don’t know to this day how I avoided hitting him. All I could say once my heart stopping pounding was ,”Thank you Jesus.” It was a God thing!
      I can think of many occasions when Israel was faced with overwhelming odds. When they left Egypt, God took them to the Red Sea. Boxed in with the sea in front and Pharaoh bearing down upon them, they cried out to God, and he opened the sea before them and they crossed over on dry ground. All they could say was—It’s a God thing!
     During the period of the Judges, the Midianites decided to attack Israel. The Midianite army covered the floor of the valley near Moreh like a swarm of locusts, and their camels like grains of sand on the seashore. There were too many to count. Gideon took his army of three hundred men, divided them into three groups and stationed them around the enemy. When they shouted and blew the ram’s horn and broke the clay jars, with the torches inside, the Midianite army became so confused that they killed each other. All they could say was—It’s a God thing!
     Can you remember a time when you were boxed in with nowhere to turn? Maybe it was a near fatal accident, but everyone was spared, or a bad report from the doctor that turned out to be false, or a diagnosis of cancerous tumor, but six weeks later found that it had disappeared. What do you do when emergencies arise? Your only course of action is to turn everything over to God. He gave you an amazing victory and all you could say was—It’s a God thing!
     Isaiah says, “My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (55:8-9 NLT)
     Every time you experience, a God thing, you are saying I take no credit for this victory. All the glory goes to God because the victory belongs to him.

Prayer: Dear Lord, your thoughts and ways dwarf anything that I or anyone can think I am so thankful  that you are still in the business of doing—the God thing.

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