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Monday, November 5, 2007

God is in the small stuff

And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. (1 Kings 19:11-12)

I recently had a discussion with someone who claims to be a Christian, who basically told me they don't think they can continue on as they are. That if God doesn't (presumably) audibly speak they will walk away from their faith. I told this person that if they want to hear from God they need to examine their heart, repent of their sins (I'm not sure they agree that being involved with another married person is sin) and then get a Bible and start reading. I told them if they want to hear from God they have to be willing to dig into Scripture. I was informed that they don't get anything out of the Bible and want God to speak in another way; that they're not convinced the Bible is God's Word.

Stuff like this bugs me. They want God to move in huge ways in their life, but they don't want to even be bothered with Scripture. They want the fire, the earthquake, but they're not willing to hear that still small voice. They're not willing to let God have the little parts of their life, and ignore the ways that He has already spoken to them, but expect Him to reveal Himself after issuing an ultimatum. Seems so strange, so sad, so unscriptural. They want self-esteem boosts from the likes of Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, and Benny Hinn, not a rebuke from Jesus.