Marvel

glory1Are you ever amazed by God? Just taken aback at what He has done? Sometimes we can lose that, can’t we? Sometimes, we can just take so much granted.

Forget how good He is.

Forget what we have to be thankful for.

Forget what He has done for us.

We don’t do it on purpose. It isn’t like we plan on forgetting. It isn’t like we think it’s a good idea. We just get busy. We lose focus. We take for granted. And we forget.

Listen to what Jesus says today in John 5:19-20:

So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.

He says, greater works will happen, so that we will marvel. Greater things will happen so that we will marvel. Everything great, all of this is done for God’s glory.
And so that we can marvel.

We can marvel at God’s grace in our lives. Marvel at forgiveness. And mercy. And love. And peace.

Marvel at what God is doing in us.

Marvel at what God is doing through us.

Marvel at His goodness.

Today, don’t take Him for granted. Don’t take that grace and mercy for granted.

Stop. Think. Look. Listen. Praise.

And marvel. Marvel at the goodness of God.

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If the Devil Can’t Make You Bad

In our lives, we are all pretty busy. Each of us. We all have a lot going on, lots to do, lots happening. It sort of just is what it is. We don’t have a lot of time to stop moving. We just go. And we just do. We stay busy.

Staying so busy can create lots of problems for us if we are not carful. We can forget (or be too busy) to take care of ourselves. We can forget (or be to busy) to serve others as we should. We can forget (or be to busy) to do things in that strengthen our faith, like praying, or reading, or worshiping.

Getting too busy is a danger of our lives, our faith, our families, everything. I had an old preacher of mine that put it this why – if the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.

There’s some truth to that. So real truth to that.

Listen to what it says today in John 5:20-21:

For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.

In this passage today, I noticed something that being busy can cause us to do. It says in verse 20 – “so that you may marvel.”

When was the last time you just marveled at God? When was the last time you stood back and said, wow, God, you are awesome. When was the last time you had an awareness at just how big and mighty and awesome God is? When was the last time you just marveled at God?

We don’t do it enough, probably because we too busy. Today, take time to stop. To marvel at God, His goodness. His vastness. His strength. His love. His grace. Just take time to realize what a great and mighty God He is.

And take time to just marvel in His presence. He is a great and mighty God. And He desires to know each of us. That’s pretty awesome.

May we never lose sight of that.