"Just A Little Bigger Than Me, God!" (Remix)

God teaches us deep things about life, even when we’re running from him. That’s what God did with me when he showed me how much I needed his help in a whiteout on the coast of Alaska.

I was young, unafraid, and drove my dog team straight into the teeth of a fierce storm. In extremely cold conditions and my team unable to move, in fear, I called out to God. He heard me and I'm only alive to tell about it today because of his grace.

Years later God saved me from myself. That spiritual transformation led to a clear understanding of how God works in our life. He takes me back, in my mind, to that frozen moment in time. God wants me to never forget the secret to Christian living–we constantly need things in our life that are “just a little bigger than me”.

There is a ton we get done in our own power, strength, and ingenuity. But that’s not where the jazz and joy of faith is found. The secret has to get out. Here it is: We have to chase and be involved in things that are “just a little bigger than me” or we’ll shrink in our apathy or choke to spiritual death on our pride.

Take Joshua for instance, he didn’t look across the Jordan and say, “I got this”. No way! God told Joshua to be “strong and courageous” because he new for certain he needed a pep talk. Joshua essentially said to God, “I don’t think I can do this”. And that’s the point! Here’s the bottom line. God wants us dependent on him. And if we’re not, that thing we’re doing might not be from him.

So muster the courage to say it…”just a little bigger than me, God”!

"...for such a time as this"

Time is big for God and we are no accident. God is intentional with all he does. Our design and time stamp to be on earth at this time is ordained by God, he has a great plan. 

Esther is a story of time and how God brings a person to a time and a place for a purpose. Her story is yours and mine. Please consider these five truths that flow from the story of Esther. Yes, you matter this much!

  1. God may call your name at any time. (Esther 4:14)
  2. It's always time to do the right thing. (James 4:17)
  3. All good deeds are rewarded in time. (Galatians 6:9)
  4. The eleventh hour is "God Time". (II Peter 3:8)
  5. Now is the time to redeem the time. ( Ephesians 5:15-16)

Blessings,

Karl

 

Zig Zag

Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. 

God has a way of changing things up. When we think we're about to zig...God will often say "It's time to zag". We can be prayed up and walking with God and yet the plans in our mind can be thrown a curve ball, or even a sharp turn.

There are a few things we need to know:

1. God loves us enough to not show us the full picture. Often God will set us on a path knowing that we might not even take the trip if we knew all that was coming our way. It could be tangled, tough and even more rewarding than we first imagined. Set out anyhow. God's purposes stand the test of time.

2. Zigs and zags are all a part of God's plan to keep us walking in utter dependence. It doesn't mean we missed his calling or direction, it just means that how we get there is a little different than we imagined. Every zig and every zag is just another way for God to keep us in conversation with him and on our knees.

3. It's the journey with our friend (God) that is as important as the prize or destination. We can't be so concerned about the moves we're making that we forget who we're traveling with. Psalm 23 was written for the living, not the dying. No matter how many twists, turns or dips our path takes, we're taking them with God. The journey matters because God is with us.

Whatever your path today listen to the Lord. Stay sensitive to the Spirit as he shuts one door and opens another. After every zig and zag we will look back and be able to say "I'm standing with God". Our plans may need to shift but that's how we find strength in the storms of life.