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God the Almighty When He Doesn’t Make Sense

Funny, isn’t it, our human propensity to describe everything in terms of us.  I laugh when I review the title of this chapter.  What if, in the whole of life, it isn’t about God making sense to us?  What if it is about us finally acknowledging that God is Who He says He is?  He says He is almighty.  Why don’t we believe Him?

Read each of the following passages.  Write what God did in each passage.

  • Genesis, chapter 1.
  • Exodus 14:1-29
  • Leviticus 9:22-25
  • Numbers 22:22-35
  • Deuteronomy 2:31-36
  • Joshua 10:7-14
  • Judges 7:15-22
  • Ruth 4:13-17
  • 1 Samuel 1:1-20
  • 2 Samuel 6:16-23
  • 1 Kings 3:5-15
  • 2 Kings 2:6-14
  • Chronicles 10:11-14
  • 2 Chronicles 2:12
  • Ezra 6:21-22
  • Nehemiah 4:10-14
  • Esther 8:1-8
  • Job 1:6-12
  • Psalm 149:1-9
  • Proverbs 2:6-9
  • Ecclesiastes 2:26
  • Song of Solomon—What kind of love does God ordain, as shown in Song of Solomon?
  • Isaiah 4:1-6
  • Jeremiah 6:16-21
  • Lamentations 3:1-66
  • Ezekiel 3:3-14
  • Daniel 3:8-28
  • Hosea 6:1-3
  • Joel 2:28-32
  • Amos 5:4-15
  • Obadiah 1:17-21
  • Jonah 4:1-11
  • Micah 2:12-13
  • Nahum 1:1-9
  • Habakkuk 3:17-19
  • Zephaniah 3:8-13
  • Haggai 2:20-23
  • Zechariah 14:16-21
  • Malachi 3:1
  • Matthew 3:1-17
  • Mark 1:29-31
  • Luke 1:5-21
  • John 16:1-4
  • Acts 4:5-13
  • Romans 4:13-25
  • 1 Corinthians 12:1-6
  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
  • Galatians 4:3-5
  • Ephesians 2:1-3
  • Philippians 4:19-20
  • Colossians 1:15-18
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:3
  • 1 Timothy 2:5-7
  • 2 Timothy 1:8-11
  • Titus 3:4-7
  • Philemon 1:3
  • Hebrews 10:12-13
  • James 2:5
  • 1 Peter 3:12
  • 2 Peter 1:2-4
  • 1 John 5:6-9
  • 2 John 1:1-3
  • 3 John 1:11
  • Jude 1:24-25
  • Revelation 3:7

The Lord God is Almighty in all things.  Praise His holy name.

Chronological Bible: August 18, Remember rule 1…

Read:

  • Ezekiel 29:17-21
  • Ezekiel 30:1-19

The Lord’s word to Ezekiel reveals His motivation for the destruction described. The people violated rule one: no other gods before Me. The reason for the destruction can sometimes get lost in reading proclamation after proclamation of doom and gloom.

Is idol worship that important? If God created us with free will, why would He be surprised at our penchant for seeking another god? Here’s the kicker: the people of God agreed to be the people of God. They chose to walk about under His banner. They affirmed their dedication to Him over and over. They accepted His blessing and sought His deliverance.

And then they worshiped something else. They broke the covenant. You and I break the covenant. And God knows that we are best suited for worshiping Him alone. He knows we will be torn apart by trying to worship anything other than Him. And so He warns us: He tries what is necessary to get our attention back where we committed it would be in the first place.

So before you pass judgment on God’s justice, think about the covenant we violate every time we put something as more important than He.

Chronological Bible: August 17, Jesus came common to unveil the holy…

Read:

  • Ezekiel 43:1-48:35

“They shall teach my people the difference between the holy and the common, and show them how to distinguish between the unclean and the clean.” –Ezekiel 44:25, ESV

Holy versus common. God’s desire is that all will be holy, which can only be achieved through accepting Jesus’ sacrifice as blood atonement for our sins. Our sins, no matter how we try to justify them, separate us from God. The cool thing about God is this, when we were still sinners, He came to us.

“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” –Romans 5:8-11, ESV

The holy of holies in the temple was reserved for priests. No other could enter without dying. For years Christianity has taught that only those made holy can come to the holy of holies, the very throne of God. And though this may be technically true, we missed out on the very gospel that sets us free. Romans shows us that God came to us while we were still sinning, before we knew Christ. Yes, the most intimate relationships with Him can only come after salvation through accepting Jesus as Lord. But we can sometimes think we have to clean up the mess before we get there.

You cannot clean up your mess. You can try to live a better life, try to be more kind, whatever it is. But you will never achieve holiness. And God knew this. So He came. Jesus came to be what was common that we might become what is holy. He is not afraid of your sin, your mess, or your complete unholiness. While we were enemies to Him, He came.

You don’t have to make your life holy before you come. In fact, you would never come if that were your approach. For nothing we do apart from the power of Christ through the Holy Spirit can possibly make us holy.

Put aside your pride. Put aside your fear. And just come. Enemy status or not, it is HIs holiness that will fill you, His holiness that will make your common completely uncommon.

Chronological Bible: August 16, The measured temple is you…

Read:

  • Ezekiel 40:1-42:20

Be honest: did you read every word of today’s reading? Or did it seem a bit…extraneous…to your life. Do we, in today’s time, really need to know how many reed-lengths or cubits each area of the temple was? Maybe, maybe not. But here is what we do need:

We need to know the details matter to God. When He builds a temple, he knows how many vestibules there are and their exact dimensions. He leaves nothing to chance. The Lord Almighty purposes each measure, each area, and each each element.

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” –1 Corinthians 3:16, ESV

You are a temple. If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, the Holy Spirit dwells in you. Just as every measure of the physical temple was given, every measure of you is known by God. He does not forget those whom He creates; and He created us all. Jesus knows every corner of your vestibules…He created them. You are known. You are loved. And you are cherished. Can you imagine Jesus at the throne describing to God the details of you, just as God described the details of the physical temple to Ezekiel? “Look, look here in this door jamb! Here is where she grew sooooo much! And over here, in the study, she spends many hours pouring over books. Her desire to know as much as possible is something I gave here. And, oh!, over here….”

You are known. You are created to be known. When we finally receive that truth, our lives transform as we relish in the knowingness of being in relationship with God.

Chronological Bible: August 15, How far does Christ go?…

Read:

  • Ezekiel 38:1-39:29

What will it take for you to turn to the Lord? How many sermons? How much destruction? At what point will you finally admit you need Him? You already know it.

You may not be saved. Be saved. (I am guessing you already know how, but if you don’t, click the “salvation” tag at the end of this post for several posts on that topic.)

You may be saved and wandering. How is that working for you?

You may be saved and not wandering, but locked up in legalism. How has that approach manifest the fruit of the Spirit?

Whatever stage in your walk with Christ, whatever seasons you experience, He is calling you. Calling you deeper, calling you to more, calling you to the abundant life He promises. We are fallen humans; we will fall short time and again. What matters is what you do with the fall? Do you turn to Christ? Or do you continue to resist and, like the Israelites, suffer time and time again as God tries to call you.

He has your attention. What are you going to do with it?