I was blown away by how much I could miss! What are you missing?

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My wife Jen and I are fans of a good “who done it” type mystery. There is something fun about trying to stay one step ahead of the detectives in the book or tv show. I heard once that a good mystery gives you enough clues that you can figure it out on your own even if they don’t tell you.  That allows us to stay in the hunt as we go on the journey with the investigator.

In a mystery it is good to keep the characters straight. This is good for me because I do really well with faces. I am learning to get better with names but I can see a face and remember it years later. My brother in law calls it “a super facial recognizer.” I am not sure if that is a thing but him and I can have some fun with our abilities.

So Jen and I were watching one of these shows and I thought I was doing rather well. I may not be Sherlock Holmes, but I felt like I was holding my own. Then in the last five minutes they revealed some clues that were in plain sight all along. These clues were not small things but I was blown away that I had missed them along.

After we were done watching I was reflecting on how, no matter how much we try, we can miss the obvious. Our brains are limited. Try as we might we don’t always catch all of the information; information that we sometimes need. That is fine when we are enjoying a detective quest but it can have much more serious consequences in our everyday life.

This reminded me of the importance of trust and obedience of God. He does have all of the information. The famous verses are true: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6 bold mine). If we are dependent on our own ability to figure things out our limits can leave us in a shaky position. But the Psalmist says, “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. (Ps. 125:1) When we trust in God’s direction we are secure like standing on a mountain.

Now I am not suggesting that we do not use our brains. Part of Jesus’ command to us is to love the Lord with our mind. I have embraced the nerd within. Study and learning are an important part of the journey of our love relationship with God. I am a passionate life long learner. I would love to see more Christians pushing themselves in many areas of study. But the importance of learning only highlights, all the more, the importance of trust and radical obedience to the God who knows more than we will ever learn. Where do you need to trust and obey today?

Revival in Herrnhut Germany. Why not with you?

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While in Germany last week I had the opportunity to make a video at one of the most significant locations of the prayer history of the church. In a small village in southern Germany a prayer meeting would take place that would impact the world. Listen in as I share the story.

 

Will you let your heart be stirred for the next thing that God will do as we pray?

Living with the God who is now

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Imagine for a moment that we had a time machine. We all jump in and go back to the range of 1580-1620. Try to think about what life would be like. The United States wouldn’t be born as a nation for about 150-200 years. William Shakespeare is writing all of his famous plays. There were no cars, indoor plumbing, telegraph machine and the list could go on and on. It almost seems like a whole other world.

Why is that significant? Because it would be about the same amount of time between now and then as when Jacob and his family entered Egypt and Moses comes to deliver the people from slavery. It would have seemed like just a distant past that would almost be hard to connect with in the present.

I am sure the Israelites as they were slaves in Egypt told each other the stories of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But in the pain of their current circumstances this may have felt so far away. They may have believed it but the founding of the United States seems like a long time ago and this is almost double that time.

So when God shows up to Moses to call him to lead them out of captivity they have an interesting conversation. Moses asks how he should introduce God. God tells him to introduce Him as, “I am.” God is the same now in the present as He was in history. They were no longer going to be just talking about the God who did great things for Abraham, but they would be talking about a God who brought them up out of Egypt. He was a God of the living.

This is powerful news for us as well. He is still a God who would introduce Himself as, “I am.” He is not just a God who moved in the history books; He is a God of today. He is a God for your today. Even if your circumstances don’t change your God is with you each step of the way.

Pick your favorite revival from history: Azusa Street, the Welsh Revival, the Reformation or something else. Jesus is the same today. You don’t have to jump into a time machine to experience God. You can meet with the God who is, “I am” today.