When You Meet God

When you meet God on the Road and He takes something away... 

I was listening to The Dave Ramsey Show and he was telling the story about his life, his loss of fortune, and other struggles and how basically he met God right before things started to go south in his life financially. And it occurred to me that sometimes that's exactly how it happens. You meet God and He decides to show you something and sometimes it isn't what you want to see. Sometimes you meet Him and He takes something away from you to show you there's something better. But like a child all we really notice at first is that He's taken something away from us. 

I was reminded of the story of Paul on the road to Damascus and how He met God and God took away his eyesight. He blinded him. That was Paul's first real meeting with God and look what God took away from him. Paul was headed in life down a pathway and God had other plans for him, but in order to wake Paul up (or Saul at this point) He had to take something valuable away from him. It wasn't a little thing, He almost never takes a little thing away from us because it isn't out of spite. He isn't just taking things away to take something away. He takes something away that 1. Gets your attention & 2. Makes a noticeable impact in your life. And it makes me ask myself, like Saul, How am I persecuting Him? He asked Saul, "Why do you persecute me?" 

God isn't interested in play tug-o-war with you, He isn't interested in wrestling. He just wants to make the quickest, cleanest cut possible, to reshape your life. What He cuts out is usually something dead and you don't even realize it. And then oddly enough we're probably not even struggling with the fact that it's gone, but that we think it is still there, like ghost limb syndrome. Our minds are still trying to use a limb that's no longer there. Adjustment. The quicker we adjust, roll with the punch, the quicker we can stop the bleeding and realize what He's done was out of love for us and a desire to help us succeed. 

The hardest part for me in losses in life, like financial loss, is trying to decipher exactly what He's wanting us to learn. I know God wants me to learn something, I'm just not sure what it is. Is it that I've done something stupid? And to not do it anymore? Or, is it that I'm still leaning on my own understanding and forgetting to include Him in the equation? Maybe both. Or because of 2., 1. 

I believe everyone believes that meeting God will change them, but probably don't think the change that will happen will look like a death. In our morning bible reading we read the scripture verse Exodus 33:20 "But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." No one may see me and live. This is exactly what I think happens when you meet God in your life. When you replace the world for God's glory, something of the world will die. And in my humble opinion that is not a bad thing. 

Also, when we do life the way the world wants us to by their rules you might think you're winning. But you're cheating in a way. God has an entirely different way to do life and He wants to do it by His rules. So, when you meet Him He may start the game over. 

I want to meet God in my life. I desire to do life by His rules. I'm tired of the rules of the world, because like many have learned The house always wins. Living life by the world is a gamble at the very root of it and 9 times out of 10 you will lose everything and gain nothing when you die. Philippians 1:21 "For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better."

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