Do you ever long for something more?
Have you been asking God for some ‘thing’, some improvement you feel you need? Some small thing that you’d like to see changed in your life – perhaps a problem in a relationship, or work life, or a health issue resolved?
Those two words summarize the American Dream, and our longing for more. We can’t seem to get quite enough, and we have an expectation that our problems should all be solvable or removable. We look for perfection and bettering in our lives. And, when we do get improvement, we often notice that there is something else we want now.
More, more, more! Better lives. Bigger lives. I’ll ask the question I’ve been pondering lately, in our new supersized realities….
Has our vision of God enlarged?
We, Americans, have a very large life; it seems to be getting larger all the time. I read in the 1960’s a typical home was 1600 square feet, in the 2010’s 2200 square feet is the norm.
Our life has enlarged! Our homes have enlarged. Our expectations and norms have enlarged. Our dreams have enlarged. Even our waists have enlarged (according to the obesity epidemic reported in health findings of Americans).
I’ll ask my question again – in our new large life realities…
Has our vision of God enlarged?
Or is this one area smaller in proportion to the whole of our life? I believe that may be the case. Enlarging bank accounts, debts, and home sizes can sometimes almost squeeze out the inner man. The small voice of God or soul can’t always compete with the larger than ever voices around us. To have God sized dreams, we must have a supersized vision of the nature of God.
See God as He is….Big!
Perhaps it is an either/or proposition. The Bible clearly states no man can be double minded. He will either love the world or love God. Or. Not mutually compatible. One or the other!
How I wish this wasn’t so. I like the idea of having it all. Heaven on earth and in life after death.
Are we suffering from a poverty of expectation in our prayers?
I read those words recently in a book by Catherine Marshall “Adventures in Prayer”. She describes this ‘poverty of expectation’ as we approach God in prayer. Basically a small view of God. We ask God for blessings or answers, but we don’t really expect Him to answer. We leave God a way out.
The ‘If it be Thy will’ clause.
Leaving Him an out to not respond. It sounds ridiculous, but how often have I prayed “if”? If you want to. If you are willing.
God’s will is clear. I need no ifs to ask my Father for bread.
God delights in answering us. He wants to. He waits for us to ask so He can provide and provide with abundance. He is always a God of abundance. Not miserly gifts, but “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” Ephesians 3:20.
”If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask?”
What are my expectations?
Do I have an expectation of the hand of God moving at my request for my best?
Is there an area of your life you are feeling a small nudge of God, to trust Him more, to let go of your own way, to believe Him for a dream?
This day I challenge each of us to –
Supersize our faith!
Allow ourselves to Dream BIG!
Have BIG visions.
BIG love for God and our fellow man.
**Oh Lord, ENLARGE our hearts that we might know You and trust You more. Amen.