Does God Get Bored?

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
    let all the people of the world revere him.
For he spoke, and it came to be;
    he commanded, and it stood firm. Psalm 33:8-9

As I read over this passage today, I couldn’t help but think about the question in the title. Think about it: if you were the God of all creation, what would be your next “encore?”

In the West, we like bigger, better, and faster. If we’ve experienced something, we’ll graduate onto something else bigger, better or faster. That’s the appeal of drugs; it’s a new high people are after.

Think about actors and athlete who are at the top of their game; what’s next for them? What do they need to conquer next? It’s why they take drugs or prettier spouses. They’re not satisfied being at the top of their profession. With rare exception that’s true.

But God is wholly different than that. As He creates more and more vivid sunrises and sunsets, it’s pleasing to Him. He’s doing it for His creation. More than six billion people get to view a new angle of his works daily. And the sunrises and sunset are merely one aspect of His creation. Think of His the six billion people on the planet – all different, all special.

No, He doesn’t get bored, but we do. We get bored and want more. It’s how God has wired us. The “more” He wants us to have, though, is more of Him.

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His Bigness

He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
    he puts the deep into storehouses. Psalm 33:7

King David continues to paint a picture of the absolute greatness and “bigness” of God. Just like someone canning tomatoes or fruits, God just puts the sea water into jars. It’s all under His control and purview. Then He puts those jars away for the season.

Those who live by a major body of water understand the vastness of the water before them. People pay extra money to be able to look out into the ocean and dream a bit. People travel hundreds of miles to be near the ocean and the beach. What’s so special about the ocean that water in a swimming pool close to home can’t provide? Vastness. Greatness. Bigness.

Take the time today to marvel at His Bigness.

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Poof! A Breath and a Word

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
    their starry host by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33:6

I love these word pictures of the heavens and stars.

With a breath, poof, the stars.

With a word, the heavens.

Take a look at the heavens above. A Breath and a Word.

Scientists are still trying to count distant stars and galaxies. A Breath and a Word.

Elsewhere the Scripture says that the stars outnumber the grains of sand. I can hold a hundred thousand grains of sand in one hand. A Breath and a Word.

Some say it takes a lot of faith to believe in such a Creator. I say it takes a lot of faith NOT to believe in a Creator.

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The Valley of Decisions

The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
    the earth is full of his unfailing love. Psalm 33:5

Even the best judges today are imperfect. They make decisions based on the evidence presented, and often that evidence is incomplete and inconsistent. But it doesn’t mean that judges should not continue to make solid, righteous decisions.

We don’t need to be a judge to make righteous and just decisions about how we treat people. For instance, do our actions toward the poor reflect a political or godly worldview? Sometimes they are the same; sometimes they aren’t. A Godly worldview would help the poor with our own money. A political viewpoint would take from others to help the poor. The final objectives are the same; the means, however, are very different. Or worse yet, an ungodly worldview would say, “God helps those who help themselves,” and would refuse to offer assistance.

We know that when the Lord returns, He will right wrongs and bring people to true justice. In the meantime, we should continue making righteous and just decisions based on the information we have now.

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For the word of the Lord is right and true;
    he is faithful in all he does.  Psalm 33:4

Have you ever questioned God? Of course you have; we all have. We question God when we don’t understand. We question Him when our world is confusing and not making sense.

We rarely question Him when things are going smoothly. For instance, can you imagine a situation where you would question why nothing bad has happened to you, why you’ve never had to struggle, why your kids are perfect, and why God is blessing you so much? Neither can I.

My point is that God is faithful in both situations. He knows how much blessing you can withstand. He also knows where your breaking point is. Acknowledging His faithfulness in both settings, while difficult, is merely acknowledging truth. We can question the situation because it doesn’t make sense but history time and time again has shown us that He is indeed faithful, and will be so forevermore.

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