A few years ago I read a book called NOT God Enough by JD Greer. The premise of the book is that our understanding of God affects everything in our life. The author also contends that in our minds we often do not see God in all of His greatness. We often do not see how big is God. We do not remember that His thoughts and ways are not like our thoughts and ways.Following is an excerpt from that book, "What we think about God determines everything else in our lives; what we value, what we pursue, and how we pursue it. Our vision of God also determines whether our beliefs will make it through the inevitable storms of doubt, temptation, and suffering that life brings. The real God is not a god who simply completes us and makes us feel sentimental during worship; He is a God who humbles us and transforms us from the inside out."
It is so easy to question God or become weary when difficult times come in our lives. I remember times like these when caring for my first husband and after his death. I remember times like this when I have had to tread life's path and face day to day problems alone as a widow. I remember times like that since those days as well. Yet if we remember what a great God we serve, we can trust God in these times. He is using these times in our lives to transform us and humble us. This in turn makes us more useful servants for Him and also eventually adds more joy to our lives. I think this also adds gratitude to our lives for even the little blessings. I know it has for me.
Even in what we consider "good" things in our lives, our vision of God determines how we use these gifts and in how we enjoy these gifts. It is also a walk of faith, as we sometimes walk in new and good life-changing directions in our lives. Walking life with joy even in "good" times requires trusting our great God especially when we can't see for sure what is around the next corner. It is trusting our great and loving God to lead step by step. It involves trusting that our great and awesome God knows what He is doing. What is your and my vision of God?