Where We Go Wrong

Some of the most powerful teaching tools, especially when it comes to teaching who God is and what He is like, are children’s songs.  I am blessed to have been raised by parents who introduced me to Jesus and gave instruction and opportunities to know Him more and more.  Because of this, I had the chance to participate in Children’s Church in the church that I grew up in. 

We sang songs, played some games, did a lesson, memorized a verse of Scripture each week, and had a chance to be with our friends each week as we learned more about Jesus.  It was here that I learned just how great and big God is—He could hear everyone around the world at the same time, see what people were doing and thinking and feeling all at the same time.  We sang songs like “My God is So Big” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”  As a child, I had no doubt in my mind of the power, size, and strength of our great God.

Let’s fast forward 30 years for me (for some of you it might be longer).  I must admit that when I’m confronted with life’s problems—financial issues, relationship stresses, the global climate of increased terror and hatred, and total uncertainty for the future—there are sometimes when worry and fear creep in and I wonder if God is capable of handling these issues.

Let’s stop for a moment.  How did we get here?  How do we go from children who have such a huge and accurate view of God where everything will be and is okay because God is big and in control to a place where we wonder if God can deal with my financial worries? 

I believe the problem that brings us to this point is that we forget who God really is and what He’s like.  A.W. Tozer reminds us of the ultimate solution in his book, “The Knowledge of the Holy” as he writes this paragraph:

The heaviest obligation lying upon the Christian Church today is to purify and elevate her concept of God until it is once more worth of Him—and of her.  In all her prayers and labors this should have first place.  We do the greatest service to the next generation of Christians by passing on to them undimmed and undiminished that noble concept of God which we received from our Hebrew and Christian fathers of generations past.  This will prove of greater value to them than anything that art or science can devise.  (p. 4)

Friends, let us return to the childlike view of God—He is awesome, big, perfect, stronger than anything that has ever been or will be, has everything in control.  Remind yourself of who He is when you face fear, uncertainty, or simply when the world falls apart because our checkbooks read “zero” at the end of the month. 

Our God is so much greater than all of that.  Remember this simple, yet foundational point as you live for Christ in 2016!