Following an Impossible God!

12 04 2017

IMG_0176Just this morning I woke up with the thought, “God Is Crazy”!  Before you say that I am sacrilegious, and tune me out, please hear me out!  Yes I believe in a God who specializes in the Impossible and in the crazy!

Easter has always been my most favorite celebration of the Church Calendar!  I have memories of many different places where I have celebrated Easter! Colombo and Kandy in Sri Lanka!  Camrose, Alberta in Canada!  Seattle, Grand Rapids, Minneapolis … !  Yes the list goes on, and they are significant to ME, because of what God has done in my life!

I think back to my High School days in Colombo, Sri Lanka  and think of sitting in a class room, with only about three others who even called themselves Christians, while the others were Buddhists and Hindus and Muslims, and to think that God reached down and touched my life, and gave me a new life in Christ Jesus!  He changed me and put the Spirit of God in me, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead!  Wow!  Okay, how can it get better than that!

And so I start to think of this God, and the Easter Story!  That was God’s crowning moment, in raising Jesus from the dead, and He is going to do this for all of us, who believe in Jesus, use His mighty power to raise us from the dead, to an eternal life with Him in Heaven!

He starts His career by taking all the chaos that was this world, and creating form and order out of it, “Yes, I have an App for that”, He must have said!  He calls a man called Noah, and gives him a blueprint to build this huge big boat, to take his family and animals of every form and kind for the “cruise of their lifetime”!  He sends a flood of epic proportions, and recreates the structure of the early human tree!

He calls a man called Abram, and tells him to take his wife and leave the security of the business he has built with his Dad, and his home and lifestyle, and go on a road trip, camping along the way, to a better place, that He (the Impossible God) has prepared for him.  And Abram and his wife Sarai, leave all to follow this Impossible God!

The stories continue throughout history as they are recorded in the Bible, (see the Book of Hebrews chapter 11 for a sample), and also throughout the ages!  Have they stopped?  Has the number of Impossible things stopped?  I am sorry to say, they have not stopped, but they are multiplied today, as Jesus promised in the Gospel of John 14: 12 –

       “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.”

Yes, and God wants us to experience some of these Impossible Things this Easter, as we see the Resurrection Power working in us, 

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. (Romans 8:11)

May I invite you to experience this Ressurection Power in the Easter of 2017, with Christ followers from around the world!

 





The Caravan Chronicle

2 04 2017

(Read Joshua chapters 1:9 , 2: 1-24 and Matthew 1: 5,6)

Pearl in the Sand: A Novel by [Afshar, Tessa]Joshua sends two spies into Jericho, just like Moses had sent twelve including Joshua and Caleb!  They are to spy out the land that “God had given to them”!  (1:9)

They enter the brothel that Rahab (see “Ten Women of The Bible” by Max Lucado) was running, so that they could get the town gossip, and Rahab fills them in on what the people in Jericho were feeling and thinking!  They were scared spitless because of the Israelites who’s God was working on their behalf.

Rahab said that they had heard, through the grapevine, the reporting in the Caravan Chronicle, that God had parted the Red Sea for the Israelites to cross over on dry ground, and how they had defeated the kings on the way, and now they were camped outside Jericho, causing fear in the hearts of the citizens of this city!

Rahab had believed what she heard and placed her trust in God, evidenced by the fact that she was willing to help the two spies!

Her faith is rewarded, and her life is spared, and she later gets married to Salmon, the Israelite … what a story that is (Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar), and they have a son … Boaz (Matthew 1:5-6), who marries Ruth (see the Book of Ruth), whose great grandson was King David, and is the lineage of Jesus!

How do we fill in the blanks of this story!  WOW!

What impressed me, was in the reading of the story of Ruth, and seeing what a “gentleman”, Boaz is, that Rahab, instilled some real godly characters into her son!  So what is the story of Rahab!

What is the GRACE of God, and what is the hilariousness of His provisions for us, who live in the 21st century and are His chosen for “such a time as this?

How would YOU fill in the blanks?