How Big Is Our God?
We really do not have problems, only opportunities to see how big is our God!
Scripture Reading: Numbers 14:1-24 (Also James 1:2-5; Romans 5:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:13)
Faith is not so much a set of beliefs to which we give mental assent, as it is our experiential encounter with God that affects how we see things. Faith is an experiential perspective of life– literally a change in vision. An important illustration of this how we see our problems. The eyes of unbelief will see them as obstacles to our destiny and God’s promises to us, instead of what they are– opportunities to see how big God is! Faith sees them as God sees them. He says– “What problems? Oh, that thing! It’s just a chance for Me to show you what I can do! Settle down now and watch Me show off! And you are really going to look good when this is over!”
When God spoke of the Promised Land, why do you think He didn’t mention the giants– something that became a very big issue with the Israelites? Because it really wasn’t an issue with Him– just as your daily problems are not an issue! Does He care about them? Of course! Are they real? Definitely! Does He really expect me to overcome them without fear? You’re starting to get the picture!
He actually created Man (Adam) to exercise his “image of God” dominion over the world He created. Every new thing man faced was on-the-job training for this dominion. No animal or event was too big for him, just an opportunity to practice and increase in authority. Man did so successfully for a while until Satan persuaded him that God could not be trusted– that he would do better exercising this dominion without God. The resulting rejection of God’s dominion caused him to lose his authority and forfeit it to Satan. When Jesus came to earth it was to strip the enemy of his authority and restore what he had taken from man. His great commission (Matthew 28:18-20) to us in essence was “I’ve taken back the authority forfeited, now you are to carry on my task (which I’ve taught you) and spread my dominion back through to my whole creation, restoring all that was destroyed by the enemy.”
He’s sharing His dominion with us because we are destined to “rule and reign with Him” over His creation (Rev.20:6). What we call “problems” are actually opportunities to practice our dominion through co-laboring with God in the realm and with the aid of the Holy Spirit.
This was the difference in Joshua and Caleb versus the other ten spies (Numbers 14:7-9). They didn’t see the giants in the land as a problem (as did the others), but as a PROOF of a good land (these “big guys” could have any land they chose and they chose this one) and a good, big God (who said He was going to give it to them). Their previous experiences with God’s goodness convinced them of this. Later they would go into the good land, and they would conquer giants to take it from them (something the earlier Israelites would never be able to do because of their unbelief).
Also, because we belong to God, we have no problems! What the enemy would say are “our problems” are actually “His problems.” Like Jesus, we just check in with Father and find out what He is going to do with this new opportunity. This explains why James would be audacious enough to exhort us to count it all joy when we face trials (James 1:2-5). Paul reminds us that God will not let us face anything that is beyond our ability– when we face them we can always expect a divine way out of it or through it (1 Corinthians 10:13). Just as the Israelites could never enter God’s intended place without this faith perspective, neither practically can we enter our intended place of dominion without this faith perspective.
- How is your “faith perspective” in the practical issues you face today? Do you see obstacles or opportunities? Are you focused on the problem or looking to God?
- What are the experiential encounters with God you’ve had that stir your faith when you face these new opportunities? Have you kept a record of remembrance of them? Do you think that might be helpful when your faith is struggling?
- How seriously have you taken the restored authority of Jesus to exercise His/your dominion over your world? What would you do differently that would demonstrate your ownership of it in your life, your home, your life calling?
Declaration: As you pray today, make the following declaration…
I belong to God. All that I have actually belongs to Him– including my problems. Nothing I face today will hinder my purpose or destiny! Instead, every obstacle is an opportunity for me to see how big is my God or learn more of His dominion over the realm I live in. Today I am engaged in “on-the-job training” to ultimately rule and reign with Christ!