Today’s topic is trusting God. Danielle and I went to a sermon last night where our preacher, Greg Allen, states that a lot of people like to look at God as a watering trough, whereby we can take our good deeds and “fill Him up.” He demonstrated this by taking a bottle of water and putting its contents into a bucket which was standing beside him on stage. He did this to exemplify what many churches do–acting as if God is a small, almost insignificant picture in the grand scheme of creation.
This is simply not the case; he went on to further say that God is like an ocean, or a grand waterfall. We can pour that tiny bit of water into the ocean, but then where does it go? It disappears, forever becoming a part of the larger body of water. Not only a beautiful representation of God’s awesome power and glory–it is also the truth.
God doesn’t need us. In all of His awesome power, if God needed us, He would cease to be God. When we worship false gods, we are essentially saying that we don’t need God. We do. Our Heavenly Father, the one who took a mound of clay and breathed it life into man, who created the Heavens and the Earth in Genesis, should not be blasphemed.
I feel as though many people walk through life as if God has forsaken them. Many people go through terrible struggles and state that “God isn’t there when you need him. He just isn’t there.” God has not forsaken you. All the struggles, the difficulties you face, your hard times, are only temporary.
Some worship false gods and are willing to kill for their beliefs because their culture has brought them up this way. But as Greg Allen stated, “there is only one capital ‘G’.” So, I will conclude tonight’s post with a quote from Daniel, when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were to be thrown into the fire at the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar.
16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not worried about what will happen to us. 17If we are thrown into the flaming furnace, our God is able to deliver us; and he will deliver us out of your hand, Your Majesty. 18But if he doesn’t, please understand, sir, that even then we will never under any circumstance serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have erected.”
Daniel 3:16-18 (NIV)
If you have not read these verses yet, King Nebuchadnezzar became enraged and ordered the furnace turned up to 7 times its normal heat. He then ordered his strongest men to throw the three into the furnace. When he did, here is what happened:
24But suddenly, as he was watching, Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in amazement and exclaimed to his advisors, “Didn’t we throw three men into the furnace?”
“Yes,” they said, “we did indeed, Your Majesty.”
25“Well, look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire, and they aren’t even hurt by the flames! And the fourth looks like a god!”
Daniel 3:24-25 (NIV)
Even though the trials and tribulations of our life may seem extreme and our hardship may be great, we must understand the greatness and glory, the power and majesty that is our one true King. Trust God.