|His divine power has given us everything we need
for life and godliness through our knowledge of him
who called us by his own glory and goodness.
2 Peter 1:3
So, as I sit this morning, contemplating all I want to write about November’s theme, Thanksgiving, I am surprised at what comes into my mind during my quiet time. I have a million thoughts and ideas. Instead, I sense His prompting me with this thought: “I am not a Magic Wand”. OK. I jot that thought down and continue into my prayer and journal time. After, I ready my pen for sketching out a post and God impresses the same thought upon me again. My thoughts turn to all HE IS NOT. So, I am having a little dialog in my mind about the other things, that are good I want to share with my writing and how much more “positive” they might be to readers. Guess what? God wants me to share on my (ahem, HIS) blog today what He is not, so guess who is writing about exactly that point?
I truly am thankful that the God who holds the keys to eternity in His hands is not like Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother. Oh, sure sometimes it would be convenient. But, after all, horse drawn coaches are not the rage anymore. I can live with the reality of my Honda CRV. I also prefer my pets to listen, silently and not really have an answer for everything (they’re bossy enough without speaking my language), or worse yet, turn into people. Maybe you think He is like Genie in Aladdin. You might not want to admit it but you believe He really should give you the wishes you have been thinking would be your keys to happiness. Again, no. He is NOT your Genie in a bottle. Be grateful, because what you think might make you happy now, in ten, twenty or thirty years will most likely look laughable.
I had the huge blessing of hearing Elisabeth Elliot speak, in 1998. I saved the notes as everything she said, seemed profound. One of the statements she made that day was this:
“If God was small enough to be understood, He would not be BIG enough to be GOD”.
Yeah. That is good stuff!
So today I am thanking God for What HE is NOT. He is not a God that will be contained by a denomination. He is not a Lucky Rabbit’s Foot. He is not a God who can be satisfied by vain repetition or empty sacrifice.
Which all leads me to the GOD He is and the God
who I am GRATEFUL is better than wands, wishes, fairy tales and genies.
For this is what the LORD says—
he who created the heavens,
he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,
he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
but formed it to be inhabited—
“I am the LORD,
and there is no other…
I, the LORD, speak the truth;
I declare what is right.”
Isaiah 45:18, 19
Turn to me and be saved,
all you ends of the earth;
for I am God, and there is no other.