Worship – a new direction?
How does God prefer to operate?
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Doesn’t God prefer to deal with His people in their weaknesses and in their vulnerabilities? Isn’t this the Biblical pattern?
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Didn’t God choose Moses as a great inspirational leader although he was “slow of speech and tongue”? Wasn’t Gideon the least significant member of the weakest clan of Israel, yet God chose him to defeat the Midianites? Wasn’t Saul from the least clan of the least tribe, yet he became King of Israel? Similar story for David, the greatest King of all! Even Israel, His chosen nation for revealing Himself to the World, was “the fewest of all people”.
God hasn’t changed His ways. Surely it is more in God’s revealed character to respond to Mrs O’Grady and her good friend Doris, meeting daily for prayer in their living room than with the Reverend Prophet Luke Atmee, broadcasting his religious declarations thrice daily from his gold encrusted pulpit in his million dollar cathedral of glass and steel.
God doesn’t do numbers.
In earlier articles we looked at the three core features of the Hebraic mindset:
- Living Hebraically – God centred lives.
- Thinking Hebraically – thoughts driven by faith in God.
- Acting Hebraically – actions inspired by faith in God.
What do we want to do? Surely we want to live Hebraically, we want God in the centre of our lives, helping us to do things His way, not according to our schemes, strategies and programmes.
So now we apply the brakes. Let’s wind down, slow down, allow our vision to diminish, to contract, to allow God to breathe, to transition from this thundering deity of the stadiums and the mega-Churches to the personal God who lives within us through the Holy Spirit and who assures us that, when two or three gather ...
Does not God work best as that still, small voice, away from the noise and the clamour, in the privacy of your own space, with fellow Christian sojourners, in your home or in small groups? This is the Hebraic way and I believe this is still the best way for the Church to move forwards. It may take longer, but then look at revivals from the past to see how swiftly and effectively whole nations were turned round just by small groups of people powerfully used by God, with no more than individual voices, carried from place to place by foot or horseback …
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