The desire to control God

A.W. Tozer wrote, “What comes to mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you.”  Rick Warren says, “Big God allows for Big goals. Small God=small goals.”  In context, both are saying that God does not answer to us, but we answer to Him.  He is not limited by what we can do, we are only limited by what He wants us to do.  All power and authority is His and there is nothing that He cannot do, and assuming He desires it, there is nothing we cannot do.  In Matthew 28:18, it says, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”  Jesus continues, “Therefore, go and make disciples…”  Some or all of the disciples might have preferred to do something else.  But they said yes to the task Jesus had for them.

Tozer says that it is difficult for us to accept a God we cannot control.  I told some of the people in church yesterday that I did not go out looking to make our church a sort of “ground zero” for the drug problem.  God sent it to us. And when He sends you something to do, you can say yes or you can say no.  If it is from the Lord and you say no, you are almost certainly basing your “no” on a small God who is limited by your abilities and resources.  Our church said yes to NA Meetings and a Resource Recovery Center.  Many in our church are even working the center.  The current leadership of our church has chosen to follow a “Big God” going out on a limb for an assignment from Him, based not on who they/we are or what they/we desire, but based on who God is and what He desires.  I personally wish He had told us to build a gymnasium for youth and community activities!  If I could control Him, that is what we would be doing.  (And I have not given up praying that He may still desire that down the road).

But I and we do not control Him.  As best as we can, we listen to what He wants, and as the Holy Spirit gives us courage, we say yes.  And it is as if the leadership of Wesley Chapel heard Him say, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore…”  And that “therefore” is what we are “here for”.

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One Response to The desire to control God

  1. Dennis Mickey says:

    Thanks for doing these blog post Pastor Knowlton, I really enjoy them.

    Denny Mickey

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