Thirsty Thursday: The Finger of God

This is the finger of God.

That is a bold statement. It is the statement that was given to Pharaoh when he asked his magicians to create gnats from dust (Exodus 8:16-19). God told Moses to tell Aaron to stretch out his staff and hit the ground, so that gnats would invade Egypt. Aaron did it and all the dust became gnats, settling on the people and animals of Egypt. When the magicians tried to do it, they couldn’t. They said, “This is the finger of God.”

Operation Christmas Child is close to Hunny and my heart. My first experience with OCC was a couple weeks before our wedding. The church we attended at the time went to the OCC processing center in Boone, NC. We went to inspect the boxes and make sure everything was how it should be: no liquids, nothing breakable, no war toys, only hard candy, etc. I thought, Hey guys, there are Americans who don’t have anything for Christmas. What about them? God was not amused. He let me know that my people are my responsiblity. When Jesus told the disciples to feed five thousand people, that was His way of letting them know that the needs of the people are their responsibility.

I became a prayer partner with OCC the following year because we were financially unable to pack shoeboxes of our own. I am so glad that I did. I began to hear story after story of the finger of God being on these shoeboxes like this one: A single mother and her small child had to walk for several days to attend a shoebox giving party. It took that long because the son had a painful limp and they had to stop along the way so he could rest. If the boy had orthopedic shoes in his size, his limp would be corrected. When he received his shoebox, there was a pair of orthopedic shoes. In his size. Did you know they made orthopedic shoes for children around the age of two? If someone told you to pack a small box with things that a 2-4 year old would want, would you put orthopedic shoes in them? I don’t think so! But some obedient soul listened when God told them to put orthopedic shoes in a shoebox to send to a war torn country.

Did you know that the finger of God is on you? There is less than a 25% chance of a woman conceiving a child when she has intercourse. There are millions of genetic combinations that could have resulted between your father and your mother. It is mathematically impossible that you, with all your physical makeup and quirky faults exactly as you are right now, are reading this. It is mathematically impossible that I am writing this. But here you are and here I am.

We think we’re so smart. When I say “we,” I mean mankind or human beings as a whole. We think we’ve got it all figured out. “Walk more and it will add a year to your life.” We can’t add a minute to our life (Matthew 6:24-34). Our days are counted as are the hairs on our head. “Read this book and it will change your life.” The only book that can really change your life is the Bible. It’s the only book that was written with the finger of God.

The finger of God is on you right now. What are you doing to show it?

Thirsty Thursday: Glory and Beauty

As Hunny and I are reading through the Bible, we got to the part where God tells Moses what the priests are meant to wear.  It might sound tedious and boring to those who could care less what covers their bodies from day to day, but something stood out to me:

You shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. Exodus 28:2 (emphasis mine)

For Aaron’s sons you shall make tunics; you shall also make sashes for them; and you shall make caps for them, for glory and for beauty. Exodus 28:40 (emphasis mine)

God wanted the priests clothing to bring reverence and adoration to Him and to be pleasing to the eye.  I think your average Christian would be appalled to read that the Lord of Lords (1 Timothy 6:15) cares about something like beauty.  To the average person, beauty is a trivial, superficial thing.  It is not something that we think the Most High God (Genesis 14:22) should care about, but He does.  Beauty was second to praise.

This really intrigued me, so I looked up the definition of beauty.  The second definition for beauty as a noun came up as:

A combination of qualities that pleases the intellect or moral sense

Beauty isn’t frivolous.  Beauty isn’t shallow.  Beauty points to God.  Things that are beautiful reveal His Presence, His Majesty.  The fact that there is beauty in the world at all gives us a glimpse of Him.  He is unveiling Himself to us through beauty, and we aren’t even paying attention.

As Christians, God uses our lives for His glory and for beauty.  What is more beautiful than a loving couple having a baby?  Or a friend listening to your problem?  Or crying over the loss of a loved one with someone?  Or two people laughing at nothing in particular?  Our triumphs and our defeats point to God (at least, that is what they are meant to do).  I try to give God glory for everything in my life, but I haven’t been enjoying the beauty of life like I should.  Beauty is what I am missing.  Not because it doesn’t surround me, but because I choose not to see it.

Beauty

Join with me in resting in the beauty of God’s presence in everything today and always.