There’s a song on my iTunes favorite list by Jon Peter Lewis (long-gone American Idol contestant) called “Something Almost Sacred”. I don’t know why I keep it there because there is a verse that bugs me every time.
I don’t believe in miracles and signs
What kind of God would have that kind of time?
To bless one life with all His other children on their knees
They got way more faith than me.
And of course I don’t agree. I don’t believe I understand all the ways of God but I do think those words are short-sighted. I do think He has the time and interest in our lives. How he chooses to answer prayer is always up for great debate but I know this. He won’t do something that would cause his child pain unless somehow it’s for our benefit or His glory. This part of chapter 3 in Radical just reminds me of this:
When you really contemplate it, this seems bold doesn’t it? To go to God and say, “God, I know you are busy running the universe and keeping all of creation alive, but I have this problem in my life. And, God, I don’t really want comfort for the moment, and I don’t really want guidance for the moment. Would you…would you just come down, live in me, and walk through this for me?” Isn’t it pushing the envelope to ask the God of the universe to come down and take residence in you and me?
What Jesus is saying, though, is that God our Father delights in this. He delights in giving us himself. He puts his very power in us so we might have all we need to accomplish his purposes in this world.
Now this is not a genie-in-a-bottle approach to God that assumes he is ready to grant our every wish. But it is a rock-solid promise that the resources of heaven are ready and waiting for the people of God who desire to make much of him in this world.
So yeah, I think He’s got that kind of time. I think he’s a personal God. I think he delights in us. And I think He knows what He’s doing even though sometimes it doesn’t feel like it. I may not have much faith, but I do have faith in that. And I’m ready to take what little faith I have and make much of Him.
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