Archives For January 2010

I saw God today

Tim Jackson —  January 29, 2010 — 3 Comments

Okay. I confess that I’m a fan of country music. I like a lot of different genres of music, but one of the things I like about country music are the stories told in the lyrics. There’s something powerful about a story.

So, why am I telling you this?

Well, George Strait sings one song, “I Saw God Today” that captures the idea that I wanted to write about. The lyrics of the chorus are:

I’ve been to church
I’ve read the book
I know He’s here, but I don’t look
near as often as I should
Yeah, I know I should
His fingerprints are everywhere
I’d just slow down to stop and stare
opened my eyes and man I swear
I saw God today

This song came to mind as I’ve seen and heard the media covering the horrors from the earthquake in Haiti. The images broadcast around the world are tragic and disturbing scenes that we’ve come to expect from catastrophic movies. But this time it’s real. The level of human suffering and devastation is beyond comprehension for any who are not there and overwhelming for those who are.

But darkness and devastation are not the only things we’ve witnessed.

These stories of human tragedy are co-mingled with the stories of the Herculean efforts of so many medical and emergency responders from all over the globe. They’ve dropped everything and flew in from all points of the globe to rescue a tiny island in desperate need. They are tirelessly pouring themselves into the task of saving lives shattered by this earthquake.

What is so amazing is that even the darkest hours of human trauma cannot eclipse the radiance of the outpouring of compassion of these everyday heroes for these precious souls whose lives have been so savagely disrupted by pain and grief. Loss is everywhere. Yet, it’s against this grotesque backdrop of human suffering that the brilliance of the tenderness of God’s image in human compassion is center stage for all the world to see.

It’s the image of God in both the sufferer and the rescuer that binds us together (Gen. 1:26-27). Otherwise, compassion would make no sense. Why are our hearts moved with compassion? It’s the image of God still deeply embedded within the veil of every human heart. That’s why we long to soothe the sufferings of others. Whether one believes in God or not, doesn’t matter. The reality of God  is evident in this outpouring of tenderness and compassion for others that feels natural and good. And that kind of goodness can only be explained in terms of God.

It’s the reflection of God in us that necessitates that we can’t stand by and just watch the suffering. And for those who are followers of Christ Jesus, it’s the “love of Christ” that compels us (2 Cor. 5:14) and calls us to participate in rescuing the perishing and caring for the dying “because  in this world we are like Him” (1 John 4:17).

So what are you doing to reflect God in a world that desperately needs to “see Him?” Maybe you can’t go, but maybe you can help. How? Pray. And then give to an organization with feet at ground zero in Haiti that can make a difference so that people who need a reason to hope will “see God today.”

One of those groups it Baptist Haiti Mission. They have a hospital on their mission compound just outside of Port au Prince that’s been running 24/7 since the earthquake. Check them out at www.bhm.org and maybe others will “see God in you today.”

Join us as Gene Getz explains the need for church leaders to be aware of abuse-related issues and to proactively seek resources that can help prepare you to be a source of help.

Join us as Gene Getz shares how true repentance is the foundation for restoring a marriage damaged by an affair.

Does God know and care about your job-loss situation? Learn how you can use this time to grow closer to the God who loves you. Join Bill Crowder and Chuck Fridsma as they describe the normal feelings that people of faith can experience when journeying through a time of job loss.

None of us are perfect! But we will all have to stand sinless before God. Join us as Gene Getz explains God’s plan of salvation and how the death of Jesus pays the price for all of our sin.

 

Is prayer sometimes frustrating to you? Do you pray for things and and then nothing seems to happen? Have you wondered why? Sometimes our disappointment with God and in prayer is because God is not committed to fulfilling our expectations the way we think He should. Maybe He’s up to something else that we need to learn more about.

Disease and sickness can push us to doubt if God truly wants to heal. While most people of faith say that they believe He can, too often they don’t see Him come through and heal them or their loved ones any more than their unbelieving neighbors. And that leaves one to grapple with faith in a healing God who doesn’t respond like we’d expect Him to.

God’s love is often a subject for debate when things aren’t working out quite the way we expected. Can we be confident of His love when we’re facing struggles? The question of God’s love is vitally important, for if we truly believe that He loves us, that truth changes the way we view every obstacle and opportunity we face.

 

Most people feel more comfortable when they have a plan for their lives. Most Christians believe God has a plan for them and all they need to do is discover that plan. But finding that perfect plan can often be challenging, and sometimes just plain elusive. Discovering God’s plan is vital to a healthy and fulfilling life.

Part of the reason Jesus came to Earth was to identify with human pain and suffering. Join us as Gene Getz shares some of the attributes of God, including the ability to feel our hurt.