GODOLOGY, WEEK 11

•April 21, 2010 • 1 Comment

“Time is a suggestion for God, not a rule.” (p. 148)
Well, this is our last week in the book “Godology.” There is something comforting in knowing God is outside of time, controlling the events of our lives from the outside. Honestly, controlling it from the inside gets pretty messy sometimes. God is not like us; He moves in ways we don’t get, He works in ways we marvel at. God is God, and I am not. That is a sentence I need to say often to myself. That is why this chapter helps us in our walk with God. George states, “You and I are not responsible for the future or the past.” One is already over for us, the other is still to come; but we have no control over either. You only have control over right now, which is when God wants you to be obedient. Jesus died for you not being obedient in the past, and will give grace to be obedient in the future. Obedience to God is a now thing. So how can you practice the presence of God right now, where you are?

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GODOLOGY, WEEK 10

•April 21, 2010 • 1 Comment

“God’s in a league all by Himself. He has no competition; He never ties a game.” (p. 134)
God should be mysterious to us. If he isn’t, then one of two things is wrong: either we are no longer amazed at Him, or He is no longer God. The God of the universe won’t fit into the box of my small mind. He’s too big for that. The problem in most lives, from the Old Testament Israelites to the church today, is that we forget to be amazed at God’s mystery. But George brings out the biggest mystery of all: why would this perfect God reveal Himself to sinners in rebellion? This mystery leads me to worship. I want to try labyrinth walking; while it seems a bit strange to me, I do see how it can be a helpful tool in walking with God and seeking Him out daily. Are there things we can do each day that will remind us of the mystery and majesty of our God?

GODOLOGY, WEEK 9

•April 21, 2010 • 1 Comment

“The patience of God found greatest expression on the cross of Christ. It was a moment of reckless carnage – when the cleanest became the filthy.” (p. 123)
I’m personally very thankful that God is a patient and longsuffering God. I could relate with Christian’s discussion on how we often have very short tempers, and I need reminders of how patient God is with me. Are you aware of how much God puts up with from us? We whine, complain, and argue because He doesn’t move according to our timetables. Yet God is still patient with us; He does not destroy us or give up on us. He works in and through us to make us more like Christ each day. I think that is why we need the discipline of solitude. If we don’t stop, relax, reflect and seek God in the silence, then we begin to think our little lives are all that exists out there. So here is the question: how can you make solitude a part of your relationship with God?

GODOLOGY, WEEK 8

•April 21, 2010 • 1 Comment

“Our knowledge of God begins with God. He is the One who opens our thoughts to His thoughts and teaches us to read His Word.” (p. 107)
It is not a surprise to us that God is wise; we expect that to be true. I mean, who really wants to trust a God who doesn’t know what he’s doing. But the thrust of this chapter is to remind us that God’s wisdom is a wisdom revealed in many areas. God is not up in the heavens, hiding from us and expecting us to find Himself. He has revealed Himself, the wisdom of His creation and salvation. This is why we should read our Bibles: to get to know God and to grasp His wisdom in our lives. Growing in knowledge about God leads to growing in relationship with God. This is part of being a disciple of Jesus. We are planting our selves deeply into the lives of others (as George states), seeking to grow together in grace. Knowing God deeper is a process, and we need to be working at it every day for our joy! So in light of this, why is it important to have a quiet time, and what do you need to do to improve yours?

GODOLOGY, WEEK 7

•April 16, 2010 • 1 Comment

“He (God) has a right to be jealous because He is the sovereign Creator. When we place our gods on His throne, His face gets red with rage. God doesn’t take rivalry lightly” (p. 91)
Of all the attributes of God that make us nervous and we wish nobody ever had to talk about, it would be God’s jealousy. The idea of God being jealous sounds as if he is in some way acting selfish, like a child who gets mad because they don’t get the toy they see another child enjoying. It doesn’t seem right for anyone, including God, to get jealous. Yet the God of the Bible is indeed jealous. He is jealous for His name to be first, best and most important. He is jealous that you and I never put anyone or anything in front of Him in our priorities or things we value. And He can do that. He is God. Only God can express “righteous jealousy” because He is the only one who deserves what He is jealous for. And He is jealous for you: your time, your devotion, your affections and your presence. Does He need it? No. Does He deserve it and want it? Yes! So ask yourself this question, how can I give God more praise and glory in light of His Holy jealousy.

GODOLOGY, WEEK 6

•April 12, 2010 • 1 Comment

“Before humans existed, the love of God burned within the society of the Trinity.” (p. 78)
The love of God is one of those characteristics of God that seems so simple, as the apostle John tells us “God is love.” Yet it is also a mystery and incredibly hard to fully wrap our minds around the fact that God does not just love, but is Himself pure and perfect love. Christian George is right when he points out, “We expect God’s love to be like our love – selfish” (p. 78). Now none of us like to think our love is selfish, but let’s face it: our love always has conditions attached to it. We feel good around them, he provides us “stuff,” she is really hot, and the list could go on for days. But love as God is and a display to us is unconditional, unwavering, and unstoppable. That’s why the cross is so central to everything God has and is doing for us: it is His greatest display of love! It pictures God as sacrificing His beloved to demonstrate His love for those of us who are far from Him. So let me ask you, since the Bible declares that God loved us before we ever loved Him, how important is it for us to understand and find joy in His love every day?

GODOLOGY, WEEK 5

•March 18, 2010 • 1 Comment

Chapter 5 dealt with one of the most important, yet often overlooked attributes of God: His holiness. We talk more about God’s love, grace, mercy, etc, yet doesn’t the Bible seem to talk a lot about holiness? This means we’ve been missing something, and I am grateful to Christian George for bringing this to our minds in this chapter. The chocolate image may be a bit confusing. His point is to show that holiness, like cocoa the Aztec’s used, is pure, untainted, even seperate from everything else. God is completely seperate from us; He has nothing in Him broken, nothing needing a little work. God is perfect and outside anything we can ever put words to describe. But we are called to be holy, as He is holy. So here is the question I leave you with: how do we do that?