Going Deeper: God is vs. God I

Waiting in Line for the ATM at Broadway Station

I realized something.  I tend to thank God for what He has done for me and for other people. The tendency is to ask God to do something for me or someone else.

Typically, it goes something like this:

God, I: want you to do something for________ (usually me).

God, I: thank you for what you have done for _______( again, usually me).

God I.  God I.  God I…

It hit me like the feeling you get when an epiphany smacks you in the back of the head.  God. I.

The focus is more on what God can do for me than who He is.  By fixating on His hands, I overlook His face.

Maybe it’s human nature or our American culture that we want God to do something.  What would it look like to focus on His nature and that’s it.  No request, either selfless or selfish.  Just God is.

Recently, I heard that’s how they roll in Uganda.  I’ve heard something similar happening in other countries.  Despite their circumstances, people just going bonkers over who God Is and not focusing on God I.

What if we did the same?  Wouldn’t that be something…

 

[photo by roland]
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7 Comments

  • I definitely agree. I think we in society have become expectant with just about everything in our lives. Especially when it comes to things we want for ourselves. I think sometimes we need to take a step back and simply be grateful with God. We need to be grateful for what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do (and not necessarily for us). It is a very freeing feeling!!

  • It is good to take time to simply see how awesome God really is. And I have found that if I can just stop worrying about where He is taking me, and take time to smell the spiritual roses, that my life can indeed become stress free! But I do believe that people that really want to walk close with God already know this!!

  • The American church loves Phillipians 4:13, but we don’t like Phillipians 4:11-12 as much. God wants us to ask him for things, much like an earthly parent does. But God also wants us to be content in all things.

    Philippians 4:11-12 (English Standard Version)

    11Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

    Good posting! Let’s go bonkers over God!

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