Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Discovering God through Experience

“Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them—the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is the LORD of hosts.” –Jeremiah 32:17-18

Jeremiah learned just who God was from personal experience. He had witnessed the protection of the Lord when all the people around him wanted to kill him. Jeremiah had seen impossible situations worked out only by the hand of God. He also knew that despite the destruction and captivity that God had pronounced against Israel, God was still a God of lovingkindness and mercy.

Often we learn from experience the attributes of God. We learn that God is holy, for He often seems so distant (because of our sin). We learn that He is just when He deals with our sin. We learn that God is all-powerful through seeing Him heal the sick. We discover that God is all-knowing through His provisions for us. We learn so many things about God through our personal experiences.

We need to learn more about God through our experiences. Look for God’s outstretched hand in your life. Look for the things that only He can do. Learn to discover who God is through the difficult trials and the joyous days of victory. When you open your eyes and look for God in your life, you will find that He is working great and mighty things. You will find that He is the Great, the Mighty God—El Gabor—and you will find that He shows lovingkindness to thousands.

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