God with a big "G"

Judy McCarver May 31 at 7:14pm
1 Consider the idea that unmet expectations are the root of our disappointments, sadness, and our unhappiness. The truth we find in scripture is that only God can truly meet all of our expectations and emotional needs. That we indeed “live for an audience of One.” Neither our spouses, our parents, siblings, or closest friends are capable of meeting our deepest needs. Only God.

To that end, we read Psalm 19:12-13

These verses illustrate the inability of others to do for us what only God to can do for us? After all, who but God can forgive us our sins, and who but God can see our hidden faults, our hidden hurts, those things that go unsaid? Only the One for whom we live and by whom we were created. No person can do this for us.

2 We then ask ourselves the question, “Do I serve a God with a capital “G” or a little “g?” Many people believe in God and even call themselves Christians, yet they have a very limited scope of what their “god” can do for them? Do we believe that we serve the God, the Alpha and the Omega, the Creator of the universe who is interested in all the details of our lives, or do we believe that we serve a “god,” who is not concerned with the details of our lives? Or perhaps a “god” who does transform the lives of others, but never mine?

1 Samuel 17:32-37 tells a great story of two men, one of whom served “God,” father of the Israelite Nation, the “Almighty God.” The other served “gods,” with a little “g.” The men were David, a young boy perhaps at the time not even 16 years old, and his opponent and enemy of the nation of Israel, Goliath-in David’s words, “The uncircumcised Philistine who dares to defy the armies of the living God.”

Reread this story. Start seeing yourself as the child of the Almighty God, the same one who was with David when he took down the Philistine Giant. Yes, the same one.

This is the God to whom we pray when we pray.

What God do you serve? “God” with a capital “G?” or “god,” with a little “g?”

3 Philippians 4:19 says that “MY God will meet all your needs according to His riches in Glory.”

Now we have come full circle-back to where we started! Disappointment and Unmet Expectations.

According to this verse, it is indeed God who will supply all of our need- and how? “According to His riches in Glory.”

So the next time you feel frustrated, sad or disappointed, look to the Almighty God who created you who meets all your needs, “according to His riches in Glory.” And remember when you pray, you are praying to the Almighty God. You can look at the world with all of its problems and with all the darts that are thrown your way, and you can say what David said “That’s all you’ve got?” (I love this) Literally he said to Goliath, “you come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” Essentially, he was saying to Goliath, “That’s all you’ve got?” The next time you enter into that holy place with your God in prayer, remember you are stepping into the arms and the wing of the living God and you are coming against the world’s javelins and spears with the presence and power of the Almighty God. We are more than conquerers.

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