When is the last time you experienced God’s presence in a real and tangible way? Let’s think about that together today. I’m reminded of a conversation I had with a friend of mine.
Bob told me about a visit to Vietnam where he met with a leader of an underground Christian church. This leader, who had spent a large part of his life in prison for his faith, told Bob many stories of the growth of Christians. Approximately 1 million believers met in hidden huddles all around the country. “What everybody wants is to see God move,” the pastor explained.
And isn’t that the desire of your heart…to see God move in your life and in the lives of those you love? Jesus reminds us, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working” (John 5:17). Always at His work. Always. And yet, do we expect to see it? Are you and I willing to raise our expectations and anticipate seeing God’s glory through His work in our lives today? Are we willing to raise our expectations to experience moments of sudden glory where God makes His presence known?
I sat in a group of 55 Baby Boomers as Bob shared his experience with this Vietnamese pastor. As he closed, Bob opened up the floor for others to tell of a time when they experienced God moving in their lives.
“When I was sixteen…” one began.
“When I was twenty-seven…” another chimed in.
“Several years ago…” still another shared.
I was struck. We should have all been waving our hands and excited to begin with these words… “Yesterday God showed me…” “This morning God revealed to me…”
Why do we have to go so far back into the archives of our lives to look for that one time we recognized God moving in our lives? I dare say that we miss the glory moments that flash before us and even linger around us because we don’t expect them to be there. Click & Tweet!
I want to challenge you to make a list. Get a notebook or a journal and write A Sudden Glory across the top. Then begin chronicling how God makes Himself known to you today…and tomorrow…and the next day.
“I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name forever and ever.
Every day I will praise you and extol your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation will commend your words to another;
they will tell of your mighty acts.
They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They will tell of the power of your awesome works,
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They will celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness. (Psalm 145:1-7 TNIV)
That is a party I’d like to attend! David recognized what God was doing in his own life. He listened to what God was doing in other people’s lives. And then he invited all to join together and tell about the glory moments in a grand celebration. Merriment at its best. “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story!” (Psalm 107:2 TNIV).
And I would love to hear yours!
Dear Father, open my eyes, my ears, my heart. Help me to see You working in my life today. Please don’t let me get so involved with the busyness of life that I miss the Source of Life. I’m looking. I’m listening. I’m paying attention. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Today, I want you to pay attention. Look for God working in your life. Then comment on this post letting me know how you saw God today. It could be in the laundry room or the prayer room. Let’s not limit His presence!
My book, A Sudden Glory: God’s Lavish Response to Your Ache for Something More, is all about raising your expectations to experience the full, abundant life that Jesus came to give. If you’ve settled for a ho-hum, so-so Christian life, it is time to start enjoying the abundant life Jesus came to give. God wants you to experience His presence every day through moments of sudden glory where He makes His presence known. Ready to get started?
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