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Gotcha’ God!

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
A young boy at the dinner table asked, “Dad, is God everywhere?” “Yes,” his father assured him, “God is everywhere.” “Is He in this room?” the boy wanted to know. “Of course,” his father said. “If God is everywhere, then He is in this room.” Eyeing the sugar bowl on the table, the boy continued, “Well, is God in that sugar bowl?” “Yes,” his father replied, “if God is everywhere, I guess we’d have to say that He’s even in the sugar bowl.” Reaching for the lid, the boy quickly slipped it over the bowl. “Gotcha’, God!” he said.
The Israelites also wanted a “sugar bowl” god, someone they could control. Isaiah rebuked them for cutting down a tree and using part of it to warm themselves and with the rest making it “into a god, his carved image. He falls down before it and worships it, prays to it and says, ‘Deliver me, for you are my god!'” (44:17). Israel wanted a god who could be contained in their temples and manipulated by their worship–but the God Isaiah had seen (6:1) was not that kind of a God.
How wonderful to know that the real God is so much greater than anything we can imagine or create. His ways and even His thoughts are so far beyond our finite minds that we can’t begin to comprehend Him. When we come to Him with our problems and our difficulties, we never have to worry about whether He’s big enough to handle them.
Don’t try to put God in a sugar bowl. You won’t be successful, for He is an awesome God. Rejoice that though you may not be able to understand Him, you will always be able to trust Him.
God will be God regardless of what we do!

Now This Explains It

John 17:21-22  “That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in Me, and I in you, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one.”

If you are going through a solitary way, read John 17, it will explain exactly why you are where you are – Jesus has prayed that you may be one with the Father as He is. Are you helping God to answer that prayer, or have you some other end for your life? Since you became a disciple you cannot be as independent as you used to be.

The purpose of God is not to answer our prayers, but by our prayers we come to discern the mind of God, and this is revealed in John 17. There is one prayer God must answer, and that is the prayer of Jesus – “that they may be one, even as We are One.” Are we as close to Jesus Christ as that?

God is not concerned about our plans; He does not say – Do you want to go through this bereavement; this upset? He allows these things for His own purpose. The things we are going through are either making us sweeter, better, nobler men and women; or they are making us more captious and fault-finding, more insistent upon our own way. The things that happen either make us fiends, or they make us saints; it depends entirely upon the relationship we are in to God. If we say – “Thy will be done,” we get the consolation of John 17, the consolation of knowing that our Father is working according to His own wisdom. When we understand what God is after we will not get mean and cynical. Jesus has prayed nothing less for us than absolute oneness with Himself as He was one with the Father. Some of us are far off it, and yet God will not leave us alone until we are one with Him, because Jesus has prayed that we may be.