Do we serve a Big God, but live a little life?
Jeremiah 32:17 says, “Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You..”
And then ten verses later Jeremiah 32:27 says,“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?”
But in between these two great faith inspiring verses sits this sobering thought: Jeremiah 32:21-23 “You brought Your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and with wonders, and with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm and with great terror; and gave them this land, which You swore to their forefathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey. They came in and took possession of it, but they did not obey Your voice or walk in Your law; they have done nothing of all that You commanded them to do; ……”
What a sad commentary.
He blessed them abundantly; how could they not, in thankfulness to God, commit to serve and obey Him?
Yet, what about us? God has brought us, as His children, out of our pits and out of our bondage with His great miraculous power, with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm, and has placed us in a land of plenty:
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus..” Ephesians 2:1-6
He has taken us out of our ‘Egypt’.
He has given us a new heart, a new life.
We are new creatures in Christ.
We have such a great salvation and the power of the Holy Spirit within us, along with everything we need for life and godliness.
He has blessed us abundantly with spiritual gifts so that we can live abundantly and do the good works that He has planned beforehand that we should walk in them (Eph 2:10).
And we come into this new life with Christ and take possession of it and just expect to live off the milk and honey of this ‘land’. We come in and take possession and then decide to walk our own way, sowing seeds to the flesh and indulgences, instead of obeying His voice and laying down our lives as a living sacrifice and living out all that He has put in.
This simply should not be.
We take possession of the home, neighborhood, community in which He has placed us and enjoy it, but do not fully obey all that He has for us to do here and, therefore, never fully possess our possession.
Let it NOT be said of us, “They came in and took possession of it, but they did not obey Your voice or walk in Your law; they have done nothing of all that You commanded them to do; ……”
“He who has my commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” John 14:21
What about us?
Are we living off the spoil of the land and yet walking our own way?
Or are we daily taking up our cross and choosing real life
by loving the Lord our God,
obeying His voice,
and holding fast to Him:
the God of the impossible!
(Deuteronomy 30:19,20; Matthew 19:26)
May we determine to fully possess our possessions and all our inheritance as children of God. And put it all to use.
Because He is ‘big’ and ‘more than able’,
may we live big, extraordinary lives FOR HIS GLORY!