Monday, February 15, 2016

When God Seems Small

Lately, I’ve found myself complaining about the very things God gave me in answer to my prayers. Too often, I focus on the uncomfortable, zoom in on the uneasy, and plead for something better.

And thanksgiving forgets to rest on my lips.

Without thanksgiving, our God becomes small.

Forgetting to be thankful, we complain. We wallow in the uncomfortable. We forget to focus on God’s goodness.

We wonder why God is no longer the invincible, all-powerful, loving God we’ve seen Him to be so many times before.

When God seems small, we need to remember the exhortation found many times in the Psalms to magnify the Lord.

To “magnify” means to “to increase in significance; to cause to be held in greater esteem; to enlarge.” (Webster’s dictionary)

Our God never changes.

But the greatness of who He is resonates in our hearts and minds the most when we enlarge our thoughts of Him and esteem Him as greater in significance than our petty inconveniences.

The best way to magnify the Lord is to give Him thanks.

Thanking Him turns our minds from the difficult and enlarges our thoughts of the Giver of all good things.

He has done so much for us. When we neglect to give Him thanks, we leave His blessings unnoticed and minimize His greatness.

When God seems small, “magnify Him with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 69:30)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Where Every Breath of Our Lives is Breathed

She saw Him standing behind her, but she wasn’t expecting a living, breathing Savior.

“Why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” He asked.

She was looking for His dead body—a body no longer in the tomb.

She peers inside again. If she could only find His body, she would carry it away and bury Him properly.


One word, and all her doubts disappeared. Her tears stopped.

She turned and looked again.

She knew it now.

She loved a living Lord.

When R.C. Sproul came to Christ, the man who shared the gospel with him “talked as if Jesus were alive.”

How often are we like Mary? Peering into an empty tomb. So distracted by our cares, we don’t recognize His presence.

Are we looking for the Lord? But not a very alive Lord.

Do we love Him so much we’re willing to do the impossible for Him—like Mary, who wanted to carry His lifeless body away? 

If He were to ask us in our tears, “Who are you seeking,” would we point back to an empty tomb and say we’re looking for Him? But not someone who is alive and able to do for us.

Are we coming to the right place, but forgetful that the place we’ve come is a place of life not death? A place where Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father we are pouring out our hearts to--a place where He is very much alive and aware of who we are.

Do we forget that we live and breathe and even weep and pray in the presence of a living Savior who knows our name?

Let’s talk and pray and live “as if Jesus were alive.”

Because every breath of our lives is breathed in the presence of a living Lord.

“Remember that Jesus Christ. . . was raised from the dead.” –2 Timothy 2:8

Click here to listen to the beginning of the series: "Conversations with the Risen Christ."