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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 7, The Deliverer is the deliverance…

Read:

  • Lamentations 4:1-5:22

As the title of this book implies, we are reading lament after lament after lament of the state of Israel. Terrible things lie in wait as horrendous things happen. Wave after wave of trouble comes. And though it is in response to the people’s sins, still they seek their God. Still He hears their cries. But the evidence of His hearing is not what one might think.

We can be so small-minded to think that the only “proof” that God hears our cries is His deliverance. We limit Him, thinking that only if He does what He is told, then we will believe He is listening. Oh, how our arrogance creates obstacles for us!

But this section of Lamentations holds nuggets of truth. Though the people have cried out for saving from these expereinces, the true redemption comes in one way:

“Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored!…” –Lamentations 5:21, ESV

Restoration and proof that God is listening does not always come in the deliverance for which we cry. When our heart changes to see that true deliverance is experienced in the very relationship with God, the torrential waves around us seem to matter less as we focus on the One who delivers our very soul.

Chronological Bible: August 6, Wallowing in the mire you created…

Read:

  • Lamentations 1:1-3:66

“Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins? Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!” –Lamentations 3:39-40, ESV

Hard times comes. Sometimes they are just part of life. The Lord has allowed things in our lives for many reasons. Though I spend a lot of time writing about endurance, let it not be realized: sometimes the junky stuff comes because we sinned. Sometimes it is our own fault. We have to admit it. We have to realize that sometimes our difficult situations are as a direct result of our own ridiculous actions. Yes, God can deliver us from them, and so many times He does. But sometimes we need to sit in our own filth a little while to finally realize we really do hate it. To get to the point where we are ready to humble ourselves and follow commands, sometimes we have to suffer the consequences of our actions.

And in it, just like the author of Lamentations, we need to still praise God. For in His holiness, He sometimes needs us to feel the full impact of our sin, knowing that we will turn back to Him. Give yourself a break; turn back to Him and trust Him to faithfully restore your relationship with Him. Beg for deliverance, but know that sometimes it is a mess you created from which you are begging to be pulled.