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Thoughts and musings on faith and our mighty God!


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Conversing with God

In Exodus 33 Moses asks to see God.  His request seems almost foreign to me at first.  But as I thought about it, then it made a little more sense.

In many ways our relationship with God is very personal and private.  We have our times of study and devotions, our times of prayer.  In these moments we come to know God more and come to know Him more intimately.  We seek His guidance, direction, and will for our lives.  On some days, His presence is tangible to us – perhaps as we go intensely in prayer before Him.   Sometimes we may also experience His presence in a worship experience at church, but often that is private in a sense too.  At times we can even experience a type of interaction as the Holy Spirit nudges or prompts us.

Yet I have not felt like I actually need to see God – not just yet anyway!  But Moses wanted to see God.  Their relationship was different though.  Moses and God had actual conversations and even argued from time to time.  I think this type of relationship would be great – talking with God in a real sense.  Moving beyond praying to God to praying or talking with God would be amazing.  So in this Moses provides us a glimpse of a deeply intense relationship with God.  May all of our faiths grow to become worthy of an actual conversation with our creator.

Scripture reference: Exodus 33: 17-23


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Tuning Into God

On Sunday mornings we are pretty good at praising and worshipping God.  The hymns or songs remind us of our relationship to and with God and to and with our fellow man.  In the praise song “Holy Is the Lord” we sing these words: ‘We bow down and worship Him now; how great and awesome is He.’  In the prayers and liturgies we are also drawn to God and community.  In our quiet times at home, at work, in the park… alone with our Bible, devotional, journal, … we too can grow in our relationship with God.  These are the times we would expect to experience God.  Worship and ‘alone time’ are times when we do experience and raw close to our God.

But God is always here.  God doesn’t slumber or sleep or go on vacation.  If He is always here, then we could always be with Him too.  But are we?  Do we go through our day breathing in and out God?  Today, as we go through our day, may we take a few seconds in each encounter to see God in the people we meet, in each experience we have with His world, and, most of all, in the way He touches our life throughout the day today.


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Taste and See

Isaiah 34:6-8:
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
He saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him,
And He delivers them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.

These verses from Psalm 34 really stood out to me this morning. I especially like “this poor man called” and “taste and see that the Lord is good.” God loves us all equally, but He seems to have a special, soft spot for those in need. The need may be physical, emotional, or spiritual. We see this soft spot in Jesus too!!

In Matthew 5 we are called to be salt and light to the world. As salt we preserve and we flavor. When we are salt to others we encourage them in their situation and remind them that God loves them and will help them persevere. Salt reminds us to continue to hang on, to continue to lean into God. As salt we also challenge others to action – to get off the seat of complacency and to be a part of building the kingdom here on earth.

As light we both shed light into the darkness and also provide a way back into the life of faith. At times we are that light that shines into people’s lives who are lost in darkness or sin. We call them out of that life. At other times light means helping people to see God again. At times we all get lost or off track. As the light we are called to help people find God when they are having a difficult time seeing or feeling the light.

Many out there are in need of God. Many who are hurting physically, emotionally, or spiritually. When this poor man calls, may we be there to answer the call. May we be thereto be God’s hands and feet. May we be there so that they can taste and see that the Lord is good!!