It’s amazing to me how you can take a Bible study several times and it’s like a new study each time. That’s the way Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby has been for me. I first took the study about 15 years ago. Since then, I’ve taught it twice and am now taking it again.
One morning I was doing my homework and read something that really struck me.
What our world often witnesses today is a devoted, committed Christian or church serving God. But they are not seeing God. They don’t see anything happening that can be explained only in terms of God’s activity. Why? Because we are not attempting anything that only God can do. (page 143)
Ouch! The truth of that paragraph cut me all the way down to the quick! No one was seeing God through me because I wasn’t attempting anything God-sized. I’d been doing a lot of little good things for God, but I wasn’t asking Him to do anything God-sized through me. (I walked around for days with a spiritual black eye from that one-two-truth punch!)
After I apologized to God for hiding Him from others, I asked, “Lord, what would You like to do through me?” Almost immediately, God gave me a list of 5 Impossible Things. I hurriedly wrote each item down, looked at the list, and exclaimed, “You must be kidding! There’s no way! Well, that’s what I get for asking!”
After reflecting on the list for a while and realizing that these 5 Impossible Things could only be done by a powerful God through a willing soul, I made one more request, “Please, Lord, open my spiritual eyes. Far too often I have asked for something and then gone about my day, forgetting what I had asked, blind to Your movement upon the request. So please, Lord, keep these 5 Impossible Things fresh on my heart so that when You begin to move, I’ll see it and move with You; so that when You begin to supply what is needed, I’ll see it and use it for Your purpose; so that when You open the door of opportunity, I’ll see it and step right on through.”
My friend, let me tell you something: God did those 5 Impossible Things — and He did them in less than one month! I even faltered on the 5th item, the biggest challenge, but you know what? He did it for me! Amazing!
I’d love to tell you what those things were but other people are involved and I need to respect their privacy. Did they see God? I have no idea, but I sure did. And seeing Him move so clearly has given me a renewed sense of strength, a refreshed taste of faith, a restored heart of devotion. Now, whenever I approach a hill that seems too high to climb or a valley that seems too low to cross, I’ll just remember those 5 Impossible Things and the All-Things-Are-Possible God who did them. At the top of my spiritual lungs, I’ll sing with the Psalmist:
I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I will remenmber your miracles of long ago.
I will meditate on all your works
and consider all your mighty deeds.
Your ways, O God, are holy.
What god is so great as our God?
Has anyone seen God lately — through you?