Summary: Before I get started, please understand that this is not a question asked in arrogance. I am in no way suggesting in this question that you could possibly control GOD!!!!! This question is asked in wonder.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A GOD LIKE THIS?
Before I get started, please understand that this is not a question asked in arrogance. I am in no way suggesting in this question that you could possibly control GOD!!!!! This question is asked in wonder. This question is asked in amazement. This question is in response to God’s awesomeness and the fact that I am awestruck by His greatness. This question is asking how I should respond to such a God like this. With a finite mind trying to comprehend an infinite God, I ask, “What do you do with a God like this?”
SCRIPTURE: Summarize Exodus 19 up to verse 16 then read theme verses.
Exodus 19:16 “And it came to pass on the third day in the morning (The Old Testament contains types and shadows of the New Testament.), that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. 19:17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. 19:18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 19:19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.”
Exodus 20:18 “And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. 20:19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
20:20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.”
I Kings 19:11 “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire:
and after the fire a still small voice. 19:13 And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?”
God chooses how he will interact with people.
In reference to the Son of God in the New Testament:
He stops a funeral procession and raises the dead. “What do you do with a God like this?”
He speaks to the wind and the waves and they obey Him. “What do you do with a God like this?”
He step out on the sea and walks on the water. “What do you do with a God like this?”
He speaks to demons and they obey Him. “What do you do with a God like this?”
In reference to the Son of God working in the Church:
He takes a drunkard, an addict, a harlot, etc. and remakes him or her into a respectable, responsible individual. “What do you do with a God like this?”
By His Spirit, in mercy, He enters into a worship service occupied by a man, or woman, or young person, (maybe an entire family) who He has called to His House of God one more time just before some tragedy strikes, just before their life falls apart or just before death knocks on their door, and He offers them salvation. He offers them grace for a difficult time that is approaching. In the Pentecostal Churches over the years, and recently right here at Grand Ave CGMA, I have repeatedly witnessed when God entered a worship service and moved in the congregation in a special way on behalf of a lost person or hurting person. “What do you do with a God like this?”
Does it require a great cathedral to experience the presence of God? NO!!!!! We have church in an ex-firehouse at the border of Latonia and Taylor Mill.
Does it require a seminary pastor to experience God. NO!!!!! Our pastor is an ex-truck driver who just wants God to lead the service.
Does it require a great speaker to talk about the experiences of God? NO!!!!! This speaker is an ex-coalminer from the hills of KY.