Leave Me Alone, God!


Sometimes I’d just like to yell at God, “Leave me alone!”

Without a show of hands, how many of you can understand what I’m saying?

I mean, there are times when I get sick of people. I’m frustrated with how things are going, and I’m wanting to be left alone – by everyone.

Including God!

But since He’s working all things for my good, and He’s promised to complete what He’s begun in me, I can’t escape His Presence. 

He will NOT leave me alone. 

He’ll remind me how much He’s already done in my life. 

He’ll remind me of certain scriptures, certain promises, that He’s made to me in the past. 

He’ll point to attitudes of my heart and actions that aren’t pleasing to Him; things which run crosswise with the faith He’s trying to build in me. 

And I’ll sense Him say, to the deepest part of my soul, “Do you REALLY want to act or think that way? Don’t you remember what I’ve delivered you from?”

Maybe you’re not like me, but there are times I’d really like to tell the whole world off; even cheer them on as they run as fast as they can to the eternal lake of fire.

I’m sorry, but I’m simply being honest here. 

It’s not that I hate people, or I don’t love God. 

It’s just that sometimes I love myself far too much. I want my way, in my timing, on someone else’s dime. I become so wrapped up in my puny little world, the moment it’s interrupted I go to pieces. 

THAT’S why He won’t leave me alone. 

And honestly, I’m so thankful He doesn’t.

“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of Your hands.” (Psalm 138:8 ESV)

Where is the power of God?

Throughout history people have witnessed the miraculous power and provision of God. People who were backed into a corner with no way out.

No way out but God, that is. 

As in the case of Zerubbabel, a governor in Judah. When those who had been taken captive to Babylon began returning to their homeland, it was Zerubbabel’s responsibility to watch over the rebuilding of the temple. 

And to Zerubbabel, it seemed an impossible situation.

But not for God. 

The prophet Zechariah received a word for the governor.

Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6 ESV)

Thinking about this, and remembering many of the biblical accounts of the miraculous, I find myself wondering, “Why don’t we see those same kinds of miracles today?”

Like the parting of the Red Sea. Or, the water pouring from a rock. The sun stopping dead in its tracks for almost 24 hours. Water turned to wine. Fish and bread multiplied.

Miracle after miracle by the God Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 

And since He’s the same today, where are the miracles of old?

Why aren’t we seeing the miraculous signs and wonders Jesus said we’d see?

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”” (Mark 16:15 – 16:18 ESV)

The early disciples witnessed the miraculous. 

And while it’s true there have been some in today’s world who have experienced the miraculous power of God, it seems to be the exception rather than the rule. 

Oh, we know the scriptures. We know when to say “amen”. We have church planting down to a science. We can craft sermons with the best of them. 

No, I’m not saying we shouldn’t know the scriptures, shout amen, plant churches, or craft great sermons. 

Not at all!

But where is the power of God?

Where is the “but by My Spirit…” earthshaking power of the Living God?

I have only one answer. 

We aren’t the people of yesteryear. 

What do I mean?

We have become so good at planning, we never find ourselves backed into a corner. Nothing looks impossible to us.

“Oh, come on, man. There are plenty of things which look impossible.”

I agree. But when those moments happen, what do we typically do? 

Go with our backup plan. 

And then claim it as God’s will. 

Well, maybe you haven’t, but I know I have. 

What if we allowed ourselves the luxury of having no Plan B, no extra door to use if God seems to close the one in front of us, and no memorized excuses as to why our Red Sea’s aren’t parted today?

What if we welcomed those moments when we find our backs against the wall? 

What if we learned, like Paul, to boast in our weaknesses (and our impossible moments) knowing that when we’re weak, were great candidates for His strength?

Or, like James, found a way to count it all joy when our way seemed blocked by temptation or struggles; knowing that the trying of our faith works patience. 

And patience never disappoints. It always has God’s signature on the final product. 

Us.

I’m just wondering out loud. Of course, I can’t answer for you. But, with the Lord’s help, I’m going to fix my eyes on Jesus. 

And when I see a mountain in my way I’m going to expect to see it removed by the Spirit of God!

After all, He’s in the mountain moving business. 

Still.

You Are Framing Your World


Have you ever stopped to think about what God’s most powerful, creative force is?

I’m referring to His Word.

In Genesis we read the story of creation, how He spoke our world into existence.

Out of the abundance of His heart He speaks…

He created mankind, using Himself as the pattern, and breathed into them the breath of life. 

His Word. 

And believe it or not, He has given that creative force to man… 

“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” (Proverbs 18:21 NLT)

What shall we do with our words? Where will we allow our words to take us? 

“We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.” (James 3:3 – 3:5 NLT)

What kind of world will we create (or frame) with our words? 

“By faith we understand that the universe was created (KJV-framed) by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3 ESV)

I love watching home remodeling shows, where someone completely guts an old house and frames in new walls. The framework makes it possible to finish the house, and it is the defining factor of exactly how the house will look and function. 

So it is with our words. Whether we believe it or not, our words frame the kind of life we’ll have. They determine our direction and disposition, and decree what will or will not be allowed to attach itself to our life. 

In a house, doors and windows cannot be added unless the framework allows for them. No extra lighting or electrical outlets, either; not until the framer says so. 

What are you saying about your life? What are your words creating? 

Are you and the Living God on the same page? 

Do your words agree with His?

If the Kingdom of God operated according to the words YOU speak, would God’s will be done here on earth as it is in heaven?

Remember, it was Jesus Who said, “…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34 ESV) 

God demonstrated just how powerful words can be when, out of the abundance of His heart, His words framed the world as we see it.

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word which proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). We live the way He has designed when we are continuously feeding on what He is saying (in His Word and by the Spirit). As His word brings life to our inner man, our heart, it then follows that out of the abundance of our heart our mouth speaks; creating and framing a God-minded, God-favored kind of life. 

Our tongue will steer us through life’s channels, and will keep us from becoming shipwrecked. 

So, what kind of world are you framing for yourself, your family, and those around you? 

Are you enjoying the life you’re living? More importantly, is it the kind of life which invites God’s Presence and help? 

And where will you eventually end up?

It is so very important we understand our greatest power, and frame our world as it should be. 

Full of life, and pleasing to God Almighty.