Recently a friend of mine shared about a conversation he had with another friend concerning the unhappiness he felt in his life. My friend told him, “The problem is that you have put God in a box. You have decided who God is without considering who the Bible says He is. You are so busy telling God what you want that you aren’t trusting God and allowing Him to work.” As I continued my adventures through Acts, Thessalonians and Corinthians I discovered several wonderful reminders of the remarkable God we serve and couldn’t help but take some time to highlight them and expand on just a few that stood out to me.
The people here were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, since they welcomed the message with eagerness and examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12 Consequently, many of them believed, including a number of the prominent Greek women as well as men. Acts 17:11-12
Our Father knew we would struggle with faith and trust in His ways and wonders. He knew, and Jesus experienced, the temptation of sin we would face while we walk in this flesh. So, He made sure we had the most effective, loving and complete story of His ways, love and laws. A “life’s little instruction” book to refer to and live by. The trick is that we must open this book. The Bible. We must open it with “eagerness and examine the scriptures” as the early believers did. After all, it tells us many things about our spectacular God! Our God who made the world and everything in it—He is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in shrines made by hands. Acts 17:24
For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but the one now restraining will do so until he is out of the way, 8 and then the lawless one will be revealed. The Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath of His mouth and will bring him to nothing with the brightness of His coming. 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8
Not only did our amazing and loving Creator leave us with an instruction manual and history of our faith, He left us with a book that describes the strength, character and power our Father has. One day, the creator and giver of life will destroy the lawless one (Satan) with only the breath of His mouth. He created life with His breath and He will end the roaming of Satan the same way. We serve a God who doesn’t even have to lift a finger to defeat our enemies. I’m proud to call my Savior the God of angel armies.
What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:5-6
We server a God who doesn’t require everything of us. Who loves us because we believe in His Son Jesus Christ and His sacrifice. Nothing we can do will make Him love us more because He already adores us more than we can fathom. We each have a role to play in His kingdom, gifts He has given us and people He places in our lives so we can share Christ, but He gives the growth. He gives the gifts. He gives the opportunities. He is sovereign and is the ultimate cure giver. If we will just allow Him to work within us, He will make a way and provide the opportunities to share His message and manage His mysteries. He will give the growth.
A person should consider us in this way: as servants of Christ and managers of God’s mysteries. 1 Corinthians 4:1