DISCLAIMER: THIS ONE WILL BE A TWO-PARTER…
Do you remember when you were a kid and you used to say that little prayer over your lunch? It went something like this…
“God is great – God is good – Let us thank Him for our food…”
Did you ever really think about what this is saying?
God is GREAT. Great means a lot. The literal definition is something or someone who is “above average.” Well, that is certainly true about God, right?
God is GREAT. I think this also can mean greater in size. Greater in performance. Our God is certainly that.
Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
God is the creator of all things. He is the miracle worker. God caused the great flood that covered the entire world. He turned Lot’s wife into a block of salt. He opened the womb of a 90 year old woman. HE IS GREAT.
God parted the Red Sea. God made water come out of a rock. God made the sun and moon stand still in the sky. He made an axehead float. He delivered Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fiery furnace. HE IS GREAT.
God turned water into wine. He calmed the storm with a single word. He healed the sick. He fed thousands with a sack lunch. God walked on the water. Our GREAT God raised people from dead – not to mention raised Himself from the dead.
WE KNOW THIS. WE BELIEVE THIS. WE HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THIS.
My question for you is DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THIS GREAT GOD IS THIS GREAT IN YOUR LIFE? Do you stifle His greatness with your unbelief? I think, for me, a lot times I now it with my head but I don’t live like I serve a great God. I don’t believe the impossible. I don’t live like I believe God is greater than the average.
There is story recorded by Mark of a man who brought his son who was possessed by an evil spirit to Jesus to be healed. This man knows Jesus is GREAT. He says, “If you can do anything to help him, please do it.” Jesus answers him “IF YOU CAN BELIEVE, then all things are possible.” Mark 9:24 then records the man’s words back to Jesus.
“I do believe! Help my unbelief.”
Now this dad obviously believed in the GREATNESS of Jesus and that he could help his son – after all, why else would he bring him to Jesus? But, in this moment, he also recognized his doubts. So, he tearfully plead with Jesus: “I believe, help my unbelief!”
Maybe that is the prayer you and I need to pray more often. We serve a God who not only does great things, but quite simply, IS GREAT! We know it. We believe it. But do we REALLY?
If I could encourage you as a believer today. Don’t let your faith be stifled by laziness or an overwhelming situation or just life in general. Know today that you have a miracle-working, impossible-doing God in your life and He wants to unleash that power IN and THROUGH your life, according to His will and for His glory!
Believe it. Live it! HE IS GREAT!
Stay tuned for Part 2…