Can you understand God?

The the true master knows that if he had a God he could understand he would never hold him to be God-——from “The Gargoyle” by Andrew Davidson

God is way beyond my understanding. There are so many things that happen in the world that make no sense to me. Who would allow pain and suffering if they were in charge? However, I know that there is a God whose wisdom I cannot grasp and no matter how much I study I will never understand. God is infinite and beyond my imagining.

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Amazing God, you created the world and all that is in it. Your wisdom is before me every day and I will never understand. You are God. I believe.

How big is God?

If you can’t believe in God the chances are that your God is too small. —J.B. Phillips

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We are so good at creating in our minds a God who is like us. We need for God to be reasonable and make everything work out the right way. That is our right way. This is not God. God is infinite. We will never understand him. Any image we have is not big enough. God is intimate. God came near in the presence of Christ to help us understand. We missed most of it. God is unreadable, beyond understanding, way bigger than our minds can comprehend. Just accept it.

Unimaginable God, you have tried everything to help us see your greatness. Give us the wisdom to accept you as you are. AMEN

Science and ethics: listen for God

quote-we-can-t-simply-do-our-science-and-not-worry-about-the-ethical-issues-bill-joy-133-50-02The ethical results of current research is staring us in the face. We don’t always think about this as being connected with our faith. However, it is critical to our belief system. I am thinking way beyond abortion and gay marriage. I am considering choosing the characteristics of our children, immortality for those who can pay, who can have access to healthcare, when do we let people die to husband our resources?

These are questions that we have to consider now and ones that we must lean on our core ethics, our faith and our God. We must listen for God’s voice to discern how to move forward. Begin to pray about these things and listen for God now!

Infinite, intimate God, the issues before us are way beyond our understanding. Guide us in your wisdom to do your will. AMEN

I don’t know

I am not young enough to know everything. ————-Oscar Wilde

This “tongue in cheek” quote by Wilde is completely true. When we are young we think that we know everything. It is a shock when we discover that we know nothing. Science would like us to think that we can know everything but even science is not omnipotent. Science scoff at those of us who want to believe more but it is what I choose. God is omnipotent. He does know everything. His wisdom is beyond our understanding.

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Omnipotent God, remind us that it is not necessary to know everything. AMEN

Parable = story

Jesus tells us stories so our lives will be transformed. —————-Michael Williams

Jesus told parables. We call them parables but they are stories. The stories that he told made sense to his audience. Stories help us to see things differently. They don’t have easy answers. They make us thinks. It is also easy for us to put ourselves in the story. Read the parables!

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Lord Jesus, you told stories to help us understand. Help us to see the meaning. AMEN

There is still a chance!

A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.————–Carl Sandburg

All the news about the world around us is so bad. There is so much evil and pain. I Don’t know if it really is worse or just that we learn about it so much quicker. Sometimes it is hard to believe that there is any hope for mankind. Yet good things still happen and babies are born. I guess God hasn’t given up on us yet.

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Than you, loving God, for continuing to give us a chance. We just don’t seem to learn. Forgive us our sins. AMEN

Parent

An ounce of parent is worth a pound of the clergy.———–Spanish proverb

Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs on earth. It is also one of the most important. What can matter more than shaping the lives of others. God sees us as his children and wants us to see what a loving parent looks like. Follow God’s example and love your children with all your heart.

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Loving father, you remind us that you love us. Help us to share our own love and yours with our children. AMEN

Take time

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We all need down time. We have to have time to think, to just sit, to listen for God. God has told us that He speaks in silence. Time in silence, doing nothing, is not time wasted. It is time to “be.”

Take time to sit in a chair with your hands rested on the arms and let silence wash over you. We all need that.

Intimate God, you wait so patiently for us to acknowledge your presence. Help us to take the time to hear you. AMEN

Wisdom

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.–———–James 1:5
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There is a difference between learning and wisdom. We can take classes forever and read everything we find but it does not give us wisdom. Seeking God and reading his word adds wisdom. Wisdom is also earned by living. If we pay attention as we live our lives we will grow in wisdom each day.
Most wise God, help us to seek your wisdom and grow in it each day. AMEN