An Encounter with God

I have a wonderment this week. I wonder if the only ones who truly try to meet with God are the fringe elements of our family. No, I am not talking about all of us who have meetings about God, but when it comes to meeting God on a Sunday morning (or any day of the week for that matter) is an experience of God’s presence only reserved for the fanatic or the disturbed? Could it be possible that in our desire to reflect the truth of God’s Word that we have lost sight of one of the key truths of God’s Word? That is, have we forgotten that the Bible declares that God is real, God really moves, and God really can be known by people? What are we expecting when we come to worship?

One word of caution before I go on – I am not talking about a seeking a created experience. Especially in these days of concern over this global pandemic, it should be clear that I am not interested in seeking a laser light show or always searching for the bigger, better, bolder, or more mystical experience of God. All that is stripped away, isn’t it, when we are sitting in front of our computer, television, or phone and watching a streaming picture of our pastor while we are wearing our pajamas! No, I am simply talking about that when we come to meet God that we do not settle for anything less than actually meeting with Him. Do we push through all the junk (our own personal struggles, the inadequacy of our leaders, the distractions of our circumstances, or concerns about the current crisis, etc.) until we have seen what we see so often the individuals in the Bible saw? They saw God. I read in Isaiah that he saw God. Moses saw God. Even those who didn’t see God felt Him and experienced Him.

Is that what we are doing when we come to worship? When did worship become just another meeting? Consider the words of the following song by the sidewalk prophets. I hope it says much more eloquently than I can what I wish to communicate:

If I saw You on the street
And You said come and follow me
But I had to give up everything
All I once held dear and all of my dreams

Would I love You enough to let go
Or would my love run dry
When You asked for my life

When did love become unmoving?
When did love become unconsuming?
Forgetting what the world has told me
Father of love, You can have me
You can have me

If You’re all You claim to be
Then I’m not losing anything
So I will crawl upon my knees
Just to know the joy of suffering

I will love You enough to let go
Lord, I give you my life
I give you my life

When did love become unmoving?
When did love become unconsuming?
Forgetting what the world has told me
Father of love, You can have me
You can have me

I want to be where You are
I’m running into Your arms
And I will never look back
So Jesus, here is my heart

When did love become unmoving?
When did love become unconsuming?
Forgetting what the world has told me
Father of love, You can have me
You can have me

When did love become unmoving?
When did love become unconsuming?
Forgetting what the world has told me
Father of love, You can have me
My Father, my love
You can have me

Jesus is worth pushing through to really meet Him. He is worth that effort. I want to give Him that. If that makes me a fanatic or disturbed, I am okay with that. I think that is what love would call me to do. What about you?

Something to think about,

Pastor John

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2 Responses to An Encounter with God

  1. Devon says:

    I’ve been praying for years that God would show believers that to meet in homes, tithe free, is the NT way. God,s set order. That is ignored. Acts 2:46.
    They met in temple then in homes. Jesus then ended temple worship by saying ‘not one stone will remain on another’. Matt. 24:2
    Titus and Roman army razed it to the ground in 70 ad.
    Jesus told Samaritan woman ‘neither in this mountain nor in the temple in Jerusalem shall you worship God, but God would have men worship Him in Spirit and in Truth’. John 4:24

    Trump declares no more than 10 people should gather together.

    Like the Bible describes, no more than about 10 people per home so each member can use their ministry, see: 1Cor. 12, Ephesians 4, and Romans 12.

    God is in this calamity today. In hopes that Christians would wake up and see the spiritual benefits of small groups with Him in total charge. See Acts
    Not exalting one man.see: Matt. 23:8-12

    What a wonder that would be.
    A novel experience for the body of Christ.

    We’ll see.
    Judgement at the house of God first.
    1Peter 4:17

    God is also trying to snap many in the world out of their comas as well.
    But I am convinced that this is a wake up call to the ekklesia first.
    To have Jesus in His rightful place would explode into a great awakening.

    • Pastor John says:

      Devon – Thank you for your comment! The ecclesia does need to be more aware that it is the people of God that is the body of Christ and not any building. If this time reminds us of that, what a glory that will be. May the Lord keep guiding you in His truth.

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