Today’s post was inspired at a recent meeting of our Writers group 1 where our leader supplied us a list of prompts of a single word or very short phrases to be a seed for an entire blog post. I chose “magnifying glass”. After quickly writing a draft in our meeting, I have refined it at home, so that you can read my final post.
Recently, I had to read a label on one of our major appliances. It was printed in a microscopic font and was totally unreadable. So, I needed to use a magnifying glass to read what it said.
Sometimes, God can seem as microscopic to me as the wording on that label.
A given day may seem boring and listless.
If so, I must be missing something.
Sometimes my God is too small.
Then I remembered a verse in the King James Bible:
O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. (Psalm 43:3)
Does God need our magnification?
No, not at all. God is still great whether or not I acknowledge it.
But God surely does desire that I see him as great. So, when I magnify the Lord I am simply being enabled to see what is already there! When that happens, I begin to have an experience of God’s greatness. And a big part of that experience is to see how God’s greatness exists totally outside of anything he does for me.
For it is so easy for me to make the gospel be all about me—-thinking that God is only great to the extent that he does stuff for me and gives me nice blessings; it’s almost like I think God is supposed to cater to me like a wonderful supernatural butler!
Paradoxically, the more I experience how God is great outside of me, the more I understand what God does do for all of us. He really invites us to walk in union with his Son. As the Son shines in us, we get to participate in what God’s purposes are—we cooperate in making the Lord’s prayer come true: “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Join in!