01/29/2018

Skip Lloyd

I believe in miracles. I also believe that God still works in the dramatic. But I’ve seen people grow cold because God didn’t do something dramatic or miraculous for them (on their timetable). I sometimes wonder why people always look for the super experience in life. For example, married couples come to me frequently and say their marriage has grown cold because they no longer have the goosebumps they once did.

I believe God loves mundane. Did I get your attention? In between the dramatic revelations, God loves when we do the day-in, day-out fundamentals. What are those fundamentals? Author Beth Moore gives us the answer below so eloquently.

“Prayer. A daily time in God’s Word. Praise and worship. Attending church. Serving a church body. Tithing. Acts of generosity. These are the fundamentals, and they’ll never change. We can make all the excuses in the world for not practicing this one or that, but they represent the backbone of obedience. We often want the mystical while God often insists on the practical.”

G. K. Chesterton wrote of a God who “is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun; and every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”

Beth Moore goes on to say, “God likes order. He likes repetition. A God of fundamentals, He brings up the sun every morning and the moon every evening, but His creativity with that order is gorgeously displayed in the changing sunsets and sunrises surrounding them. The same is true for us. Faithfulness in our Christian walk requires order, some black-and-white fundamentals, but within that order is glorious room for color and creativity.

God is not tired. Nor is God tired of you. He delights in your attention even when you practice them much like you did yesterday. He waits for you to awaken, and He anticipates His time with you. When you or I ignore Him, He is disappointed. He laughs when you delight Him. He listens when you speak to Him. He honors you when you persevere with Him. In all the changes He is making within you and me, He rejoices in the few things that call for blessed sameness.”

Let’s stay faithful, you and I. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal. 6:9).