August 14, 2013

Get Married

by pastortimfowler

I was curious about how many people live together (with a girlfriend or boyfriend) before they get married so I did some research. It seems that nearly 75% of couples who are now married lived together before the got married. Slightly over 50% of those who lived together never got married. So this made me think about how this looks among Christians and what I found is that these statistics don’t change very much. Much like divorce, being a Christian has little to do with the numbers of people who live together outside of marriage or get divorced. I think that is a terrible witness for the Christian.
The Bible is very clear about what God thinks about sex outside of marriage and divorce. Hold on! Before you jump to some weird ideas of my opinion, I want to challenge you to take the Bible for its word if you are a believer and if you are not a believer, then it really doesn’t matter. But there is another point I will be making so don’t quit yet.
I also want to stress that God’s grace and forgiveness is greater than any sin and He loves people, not their sins.
So here is the weird twist on my thinking. What right do Christians have to condemn gays who want to get married when we (Christians) think so little of what God tells us about marriage? No, I don’t think that two men or two women should get married. As long as there has been civilization on the planet, marriage has been defined as the union of a man and a woman. I don’t think that should change because two people of the same sex who disagree, want to live together as a couple. I don’t care if they have the same rights and benefits, and if the laws are changed to give them these rights, it is fine with me. I just think it should be called something else besides marriage. I mean, if I am in love with my dog or my motorcycle, should it be called marriage if we go through a ceremony? Let’s not get distracted though.
This is about hypocrisy in the Christian community. It is about Christians doing one thing and condemning another instead of fixing what is wrong in their own lives. Jesus said it like this: “Before you try to take a speck out of another’s eye, first take the beam out of your own”.
God made marriage to be awesome! God made it to be a way to share in life’s good and bad and express love that lasts for a lifetime. He did not make it to be easy and without challenges, in fact Jesus also said “that in this world we will have troubles”. But God did say that marriage was sacred. Why is that hard for someone who believes that they are saved and going to heaven, but doesn’t take something like marriage seriously?
In a strange way, the gay community is trying harder to do what is right than those Christians who are living together outside of marriage and throwing their marriage away in divorce. At least they (gays) believe that marriage is worth fighting for.
So Christian; if you are fighting hard to stop gay marriage but you are not fighting hard to follow what God tells you to do about marriage…shut up! You have no room to condemn or judge. God loves gay and straight. Jesus died for us all. He loves all of mankind and desires those who claim to be His to act like it means something more than insurance to keep you out of Hell.
For 33 years I have been married to the woman of my dreams. God has blessed us with children and grandchildren and with a life that is fulfilling in every way. I can wholeheartedly say that marriage is the best thing that has happened to me. I can tell anyone who asks that marriage is great and worth every minute that I have invested in it. Until the Christian community can get on board with this through their actions, no one will believe our words.
Perhaps we should take a page from the gay community and fight to get married and stay that way. Just remember this; sin is sin. Until the sin in your life is covered by the blood of Jesus, whatever you are doing is going to fall short of God’s plan for you.

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August 5, 2013

Dead people can’t be saved

by pastortimfowler

I was not going to do it, but I just can’t stand it any more. I was not going to comment on the George Zimmerman case, but people wanted me to blog about it and I figured oh well, I haven’t ruffled feathers in a while, so here it goes.
As a dad, there is nothing I fear more than having that dreadful call about a child of mine being killed. It doesn’t matter if it was an accident or something intentional, it is unfathomable. I think if someone were to murder them in cold blood, I would have a hard time doing the right thing, biblically speaking, which in my opinion is the only right thing. I am afraid that I might take the law into my own hands and exact some justice my way. I hope that I never have to find out how I would react. That being said, my heart breaks for Travon’s parents. I pray that God will give them comfort as only He would be able to do.
But, this was not cold blooded murder. It was an action that was founded in law. Sure, many disagree with the law, but that does not change the facts of the law. On the other hand, many agree with the law, including myself. I have my conceiled weapon permit and carry a firearm. The South Carolina law is very similar to the Florida law and because of the way it is taught and implemented, it does allow for the type of self defense that happened in this case.
Travon was not a little kid. He was 17 years old and if he were the one on trial, he would have been tried as an adult. He was not innocent in actions that were involved in this case. He did intend to do bodily harm to Mr. Zimmerman. He could have ran away and not chosen to come back to confront the person who was “following” him. But under that law, Mr. Zimmerman reacted the way he was taught was legal and acceptable. If we don’t like this, we should fight to change the law, not the facts.
So here we are today with two people forever effected by a situation that cannot be changed. One is dead and the other is trying to move forward with what life has given him. We can’t change death, but we can change life.
God offers hope to those who are alive. I pray that Travon knew Jesus as Savior. If so, he is fine now. I hope the Mr. Zimmerman knows Jesus as Savior. If not, there is still hope. Murder is not unforgivable. Murder is not the ultimate sin. The Bible says that if we obey every one of God’s laws but one, then we are guilty of them all. Why? Because we are talking holiness; God is holy, and not us. Like purified water can be made impure by the smallest of contamination, we are made unholy, even by the smallest of sin. But Jesus payed our death penalty for our sin as our Sacrifice on the cross. He took our place so that we can stand in His holiness.
Too many church people have been fighting about one side or the other of this tragic case. What we need to do is let lawyers and politicians deal with that and focus on praying for the on thing that our faith can change; salvation for those who are still alive. That doesn’t change what you think about the outcome of the trial, but it may change the outcome of eternity.
Before you assume that I am crazy, Mr. and Ms. Christian, let me remind you of a few people in the Bible. Moses was a murderer. God used him after he decide to follow God. David was a liar, murderer, and adulterer and was still said to be a man after God’s heart and Jesus was called, Son of David. Then there was Paul, who may not have directly killed anyone, but certainly authorized many Christians to be put to death including Stephen, one of the first deacons of the church. All repented, turned to God and were forgiven and used by God.
So who is to say that Mr. Zimmerman can’t be used of God if God so chooses? Who are we to let our outrage stop us from praying for his salvation? If you don’t agree with the verdict but God were to ask you to share your faith with Mr. Zimmerman and you don’t…Then Mr. Zimmerman dies and goes to hell. Would that not make you a murderer too?
Christians must overcome emotions to do what God says. We are to pray for all men to be saved. We are to spread hope and peace and love. I can’t think of anything that Travon’s parents need more right now, can you?

July 31, 2013

Cuba Trip Summed Up

by pastortimfowler

As I told you the other day, I, and 9 guys from my church, went down to this beautiful country for a mission trip in a project called Church to Church. The goal is to partner churches in the US with churches in other countries in long term relationship so to help the global church to grow. My church chose Cuba. This was my 3rd trip, a 2nd for my associate pastor and the 1st for the rest of the guys.
Cuba is a country that has spiraled downward in the standards that we in the US have come to know. But the human spirit there is strong and the church has always thrived under adversary. The Cuban people are proud and resourceful and have more than enough courage to pull through this challenge. They don’t need pity or money thrown at them, they need Christ.
Our country has come to the idea that having stuff equals prosperity. They relate freedom to the ability to get more stuff. The Bible tells us that this is a dangerous idea and that true freedom comes from being forgiven of our sins and having Christ as our Savior. Material things will rust and fade, but the love of God through Christ Jesus will never fade away. Hope comes from God and His provisions to His people are unending. If you don’t believe this, I wish you could see how He is providing to the believers in Cuba and how through them, He is providing to even those who do not believe.
My trip was motivating. I saw people worshiping in places that many in the US would not even store their lawn mower. I sang with people who lived and worshiped in the same 2 room house and never once did I feel like they were in need, but rather I found that I needed what they had. They had a pure love of God that was not clouded over by electric praise music and a building that could house thousands. They were not trying to grow the largest group of people under one roof, but were trying to draw lost soul to Jesus. They did not care that the AC was too cold or the band was too loud. Maybe because they had no AC and they sang louder than the musicians could play on their old acoustic instruments. Oh how I wish I could bottle that up and sell it in a church program.
We have decided that most of us are going back. We are not going to help them get new stuff or help them build bigger buildings. We are going to help them use what God has given them, hope. We are going to help them with a few resources that they have asked for, like soccer balls and baseballs so that they can reach out to the kids who play in the street with whatever they have improvised.with. We are going to see the purity of God’s love through eyes that have not been hazed over with envy of the church down the street. We are going to bring back a renewed hope of reaching hearts with the forgiveness of God and the complete satisfaction of Him over material things. Yep, I guess you could say that we are going so that the church in Cuba can help us. Funny how that works. We thought that we were the ones to bring hope and all the time it was them who were ready to give us hope.
So pray for Cuba, its people, and its leaders. Pray for the churches in Cuba and know that they are strong and alive. Pray that they never lose focus on the fact that God is enough and that this idea spreads back to the church in the USA.
God bless the church in Cuba. They are alive and growing strong. God bless the church in the USA. May we learn again to put our trust in God and not our things that we can afford. I challenge you to look hard at what you are trusting in for ministry. Perhaps you can give something up and use the money for helping send a mission team to a place like Cuba. Trust in God to draw people and not in those things that we so often rely on. Jesus said that if He would be lifted up, that He would draw men to Himself. Put down that Ipad, after you read my blog of coarse, and lift up Jesus. He is enough.

July 29, 2013

Back by Popular Griping?

by pastortimfowler

I feel humbled that so many have griped about my lack of blogs lately. Griping seems like such a harsh word though, so maybe I should have used another. Oh well, I can’t think of that word though. I don’t think I will do a daily blog, but I will try to do one a week or so. I have been extremely busy in the past few months and needed some down time from the blogs to deal with more urgent issues.
I have had the opportunity to travel this year. In March I went to Israel and walked where Jesus walked. I was able to see the Old City of David and walk the streets where Jesus carried the cross. I sailed the Sea of Galilee and prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. I even had the chance to be baptized in the Jordan River. It was an incredible experience that I would encourage anyone to do if given the chance.
In June I went to Cuba for the third time. Our church is partnering with a church there and this time I led a group of ten men from my church there to help in growing the church in Cuba. We took about 30 soccer balls, 50 baseballs, a bunch of gloves, and some bats and helped them start a children’s sports camp where they can tell kids about Jesus. We are already planning to go back next year and hopefully take two groups from our church next time.
In November I will be flying to see a friend in the Philippines. I have known him for about ten years and he has visited me a couple of times. Although the invite has always been there to visit him, the timing never worked out until now. I am not sure what I will be doing there outside of a lot of preaching and teaching, (Nothing to complain about there). I do believe this will be something that I will do again, if God allows.
Besides these trips, I have had some opportunities to travel quite a bit in the US too. Nothing as incredible as the foreign trips, but certainly nothing to complain about.
So I figured I would start with a blog explaining what I have been doing and hopefully I can elaborate on some of the more interesting parts of each trip in the next few blogs to follow. If not, I will make up something that is every bit as interesting. After all, I have such an amazing life, just being married to that woman God gave me and dealing with these people who come to my church. All of them are weird and or different and give me plenty to talk about.
So if you are one of those who has griped about me not blogging, stand by, you may be part of an upcoming blog. Just remember that I only do this because I love you and…you asked for it.
Thanks for reading and thanks for “encouraging” me blogging again.

February 7, 2013

Who, Me?

by pastortimfowler

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In Exodus We meet Moses. I would never have hired Moses to do what God wanted him to do. I mean, he was going to represent God to royalty and this guy was a convicted murderer and, by his own admission, a lousy communicator. He flat-out said that he didn’t want the job, so who in their right mind would hire someone like that? God.
I love God’s response to Moses when he was telling God how he could not talk well. Exodus 4:11-12 …11 The LORD asked him, “Who gave humans their mouths? Who makes humans unable to talk or hear? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? It is I, the LORD! 12 Now go, and I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
Notice God did not say, “Oh never mind. I will find someone else.” Instead He reminded Moses of who He is and assured Moses that He would help. God wants to help us. He knows our faults and knows our fears. He knows us. And, what He wants of us is to know Him. When we know Him we know His power and compassion and we can overcome what we think is disqualifying. My old pastor use to tell me that God does not call the worthy, but He does make worthy the called.
Way too often I hear people say that God can’t or won’t use them and I remind them of the story of Moses. I remind them that God gives us the power to overcome all of our flaws. He knows that we are needy and God has what we need. Grace and forgiveness and power. I know these things well because I to am not worthy or able to do what He has called me to do. But with God all things are possible. Even for someone like me, a totally unworthy and failing man who God called to lead and incredible church for what God wants to do.
So when God calls you, don’t think that He has made a mistake. He knows who you are and you don’t need to ask, Who, me? Because just like I would have never hired Moses, Moses would have never hired me. But God did. He will hire you too if you let Him.

February 5, 2013

Trials Make You Stronger

by pastortimfowler

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I know its been a while and the blogs are further in between this year so far. Things have been very hectic and very trying in this first part of 2013. While I was planning on blogging through the Bible, I have found it hard to find the time to do as much as I originally planned. Today as I was preparing for my men’s Bible study on Thursday nights, I was reading in 2 Thessalonians and was inspired and encouraged by Paul’s words to this early bunch of Christians. 2 Thessalonians 1:5 … Your suffering proves that God’s judgment is right and that you are considered worthy of his kingdom.
I am not comparing my suffering to that of a martyr or even that of the early church, but I have learned that anyone’s sufferings are real and challenging to them at the time. As I told you a while back, our church had a fire that smoked out a whole side of our building that included my office. My office is my sanctuary for study and thought and prayer and I do a lot of planning for our church there. Not being able to use it makes me feel like I am out of touch or at least out of sync with the church. That and the fact that dealing with insurance and contractors can be enough to challenge anyone’s faith, has made it a long 3 months.

Spiritual warfare comes in many forms. It can be as simple as strained relationships and as complex as attacks on one’s faith. It seems that mine have been on many levels. During this time I try to keep a smile on my face and my focus on helping others, but the smiles seem to be forced more than natural and the faith of knowing I am doing God’s will has been challenged with each decision. I have to continually remind myself that I am fighting battles that are not about people or me, but about people’s souls. The strained relationships cause tensions that make it hard to show love and feel love. Although I know love is not about one’s feelings, I also know that without the feelings it must be continually reminded in order to not forget who you love.
God has promised us victory over our enemies. He has promised to be with us in every situation and that His love is greater than my love. My challenge is to depend on His love when mine is weakened. Showing love is not always about a smile. It can be about difficult circumstance that makes happiness depend more on joy and peace rather than good times and good feelings.

So as I was reading this, I was reminded that suffering for Christ of any kind is part of being worthy of God’s kingdom. Worthy only because of what Christ did and never because of what I do and what I feel. That makes me feel better.
So if you find yourself feeling down and out or like you can’t stand anymore in the face of the attacks that are surrounding you, remember that Christ suffered for doing no wrong. He suffered for my wrong and your wrong and gladly bore our sins on the cross so that we could be forgiven and made righteous and worthy of His kingdom.

I thank God that my feelings do not mean I am not loved. I thank God that He feels the same about me regardless of my feelings and that His feelings for me are pure love and unchanging. I thank Him that I am counted worthy to suffer for His cause and that I am in the battles that mean so much. Even if I fail, He will not. And if I fail while loving and serving Him, then I am ever bit as worthy of His kingdom and will never be condemned because of Christ’s work and not my own. Trials make you stronger because the Bible says when we are weak, then He is strong. Thanks God. I await your strength and thank you for the trials.

January 28, 2013

How Did We Get Here?

by pastortimfowler

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I want to fast forward through the rest of Genesis to get to Moses and the deliverance from Egypt. I am currently working on a commentary of the Bible so I don’t want to duplicate that in blog form. Most people are familiar with the story of Moses and how God used him to free Israel from slavery in Egypt. What most don’t think about is how they got there. If you have read your Bible you know the story of Joseph being sold into slavery and the brother’s lie to the dad saying that he was killed. What happens after that is often forgotten when the slavery part comes around.
The Old Testament is full of typology. Certain things and places represent certain common theological issues all throughout the Bible. For instance, Egypt is a type of sin. God’s people, Israel were in bondage to sin, Egypt. When we get to that point in the Bible, most of us are feeling sorry for Israel and rooting for them to be delivered. We all want God to fix the injustice that Egypt is inflicting on them. What we forget is that Israel chose to live there.
Keeping in mind the typology, Israel chose through the years to disobey God. God promised them a land through Abraham and his descendents and over time they rebelled and did what they wanted to do. They chose what felt right to man over what was right to God. That is how sin works. It causes us to go farther and farther away from God. Before you know it we are deep in trouble and crying for God to get us out of it..
Remember that Joseph was sold and left for dead. God sent a famine, and his family that did this to him had to face their sin by going into Egypt and asking for help. Joseph made it possible for the family to move into Egypt and for a while, things were great. But that is how it is, way to often, with sin. It usually feels good and for a while even looks like the right thing, but before long, sin shows its true colors and turns ugly.
God said from the beginning that sin would lead to death. He said that sin would cause trouble for mankind as long as we are on this earth. The more we sin, the less God can fix our problems until we finally decide to turn to Him in desperation and let Him restore us. The good news is that when we finally ask God for help, He will help. He is the only answer to our sin problem. His gift of salvation and forgiveness comes through. Call to Him with all your heart. It is called faith and repentance. If we cry out to God with a change of heart He will forgive us and begin to deliver us from our sin.
The best thing we can do is trust God before we move to Egypt. Turn to God before we think that we can fix a problem by trying to get even further in sin.
Don’t forget that it was Israel that chose to live in Egypt. Don’t forget that even their best efforts turned into slavery. Don’t forget that God is the one who set them free. And don’t forget that you too can be set free if you cry out to God.

January 24, 2013

Isaac Could Have Died

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Isaac

In Genesis 22 God’s promise of a son to Abraham has been fulfilled and God tests Abraham’s faith with a really bizarre request. He tells Abraham to take his only son Isaac to the place of worship and sacrifice him. Without chasing that obvious questions of “isn’t that cruel”, because it isn’t if you know God’s promise to him. I want to talk about Abraham’s faith. This whole story is a Christ like story. Think about the similarities. Abraham’s only son, God’s only Son. Isaac carried the wood up the hill, Christ carried the cross up a hill. The father, Abraham was asked to sacrifice, God the Father offered the sacrifice. There was a ram with thorns around its head, Christ wore a crown of thorns. I could go on, but I think you can see the similarities.
Abraham had been promised that God would make his descendants more than the stars in the sky. If Isaac dies, how could this happen? So Abraham had to make a choice. Trust God or argue with God. The Bible tells us that God would rather have our obedience than our sacrifice. But if God wants our sacrifice, we need to trust Him to still fulfill His promises. God cannot lie.
So what were the choices that God had? Well, He could have let the sacrifice happen. If so, He would have had to raise Isaac from the dead or have his 100 plus year old wife have another baby. God could do either. Raising the dead is not hard for God to do. It is hard for us to believe and understand, but not hard for God. Sarah had Isaac at 99, so it wouldn’t be hard at 100 plus.
He could have caused the knife not to penetrate Isaac. Jesus walked through walls and disappeared from among crowds. God made himself in the form of fire and smoke and human flesh, I am sure that He could cause a knife to not penetrate skin.
What God did was what Abraham said God would do. He provided the lamb. As the knife was raised, an angel said stop and they looked and there was a ram in the thorn-bush. It was the lamb from God, again a Jesus picture, as He is THE Lamb of God.
Sure, Isaac could have died. But Abraham believed God and we are told in Hebrews that God counted this faith toward Abraham’s righteousness. As I said, God wants our obedience more than our sacrifice. He wants us to believe that His promises can be trusted no matter how bizarre they sound. God’s ways are higher than ours and our understanding is not required. He wants us to do what we are asked and allow Him to be God. He has done miracles as long as we have been on earth and even before. Nature’s laws do not apply to God and He will never allow the impossible to make Him a liar.
So next time that you are faced with the unbelievable and even the impossible, remember that God is the God of impossible and His love for us is unending. If He tells you to do the unthinkable, first, know that it is from God. Abraham knew this was from God, because Abraham had a very close relationship with God. He knew His voice and knew His promises were true.
I don’t think that God will ask you to sacrifice your child. I often prayed for that when my children were little and was not given the go ahead. But He may ask you to be obedient in the face of logic and worldly wisdom. Knowing God will mean that whatever He asks of you, you can find peace and you can trust Him. The closer your relationship, the greater the peace. The greater the faith, the easier it is to do the impossible.

January 22, 2013

Liar Liar

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Genesis Chapter 12:10-20 is a strange story in the Bible. Abraham is going to the place that God will show him and he comes into Egypt where he thinks that something bad will happen to his wife so he lies about her and calls her his sister. He does not have to lie, for a couple of reasons. One, he has God on his side and two, his thoughts were unjustified, as we see when we read the story.
Lying is a common place in our lives. We have this idea that if we are lying for a good reason that it is justifiable. I think that all of us have lied about stuff at one time or another. Those of you who are now saying that you have not done this are now lying. Lying is one of the first sins that humans commit. We don’t have to be taught to lie, it comes natural.
The Bible says that the truth will set us free. It also tells us the Satan is the father of all lies. But, we think that lying is a tool to help us not hurt feelings. So that brings me to the purpose of this blog. If lying is so appalling to God, why do Christians think it is okay?
Abraham is the father of faith. He trusted God to go to a place that he would be shown. Trusted God to make him the father of many nations, even to the point of being willing to sacrifice his only son Isaac. But when facing the present perceived threat to his family, he lies. What I think happened is that he was in a place that was so ungodly, that He dismissed God’s protection for self-protection. When you can’t see God it is easy to turn to self for what we think is best.
Faith is about trusting even when we can’t see or don’t feel God’s presence. Faith is remembering that God is truth and truth never changes. Faith is knowing that when we are in a situation that God has put us in, we can continue to be godly, even when no one else is.
God does not want us to remove ourselves from the things of this world. Jesus lived and ate with sinners. The difference is that He never forgot to be holy. He loved those who were sinners but taught them to not sin. So God wants us to influence others as well. As soon as we give in to the temptation to lie, we give away the ability to allow our faith to shine through. We also limit our ability to show how God works through the tough situation that makes Him the one who solves our problem and not ourselves.
Lying is never the answer. It may feel better, but it will not set us free. Feelings can often be our worst enemy.
God is gracious and will never stop being the God of truth. He often works around our failures and in spite of our sin. But never confuse His love and grace for acceptance of our lack of faith and feeling as if we need to lie. Often our feeling of the need to lie is not justified, even to those who don’t believe. In Abraham’s case the ungodly king was the one who reminded Abraham that God was who He was. I think far more people who claim to not be Christians still know in their hearts that there is a God. They are just looking to see if those of us who publicly say that we believe will allow our faith in action to match our words.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that lying is okay. Tell the truth and live it and watch how God is faithful and true. Jesus said, ” I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life…”

January 16, 2013

Walk By Faith

by pastortimfowler

Abraham

In Genesis chapter 12 we meet a man named Abram, later called Abraham. He is named in a genealogy in the previous chapter, but the first few verses of 12 kind of make you think that we should have known this guy a little more than we do at this point in the Bible. God starts talking to this guy and making him promises as if they have known each other for a while; well they had, but we haven’t.
God tells Abram to go to a place that he will be shown later. The motivation behind it almost seems to be the promise of being a great nation, but this guy was old and didn’t have any kids. I have to be honest with you. If God were to tell me to go somewhere, right now, at my age, and promise to give me lots of kids, I would have to seriously consider becoming a Buddhist monk instead. Promising me kids as motivation would be like promising a kid broccoli as motivation.
The sudden introduction of Abram and the assumption that he knew God a lot longer than it took for us to read that much of the Bible, lets us use our imaginations and assume more than we probably should. What I want to share with you is that the safest assumption is that God and Abram had a relationship that was very close. It had to be for this man to leave his land and relatives with no idea of where he was going. And, I know from reading the rest of the Bible and a personal testimony, that God desires relationships with His people and not religion.
God does not make sense. He reminds me of my parents when I was 6. They made no sense to me when they said not to build a ramp for my bicycle in order to jump over my little brother who was laying in front of the ramp. I had been riding for 2 years and can’t remember ever seeing them on a bike. What did they know about daredevil stunts? I had been watching Evil Knievel jump motorcycles over buses and cars and his parents weren’t around telling him to stop it.
You see, God is, or wants to be our Father. He wants to be intimately involved in our lives. He knows when we are in danger and knows how to do what is best for us. We tend to think that God is only there to be at our beck and call when it should be the other way around. God is our maker and our God. He wants us to love him and trust Him and we can, if we will just quit acting like know-it-all 6 year olds.
I think back through my childhood days and remember all the times that I did just trust my dad. He told me to cast my fishing line in that direction and I did, and I caught a fish. He told me to stand up to that bully and don’t act scared and the bully went away. He told me to go over there and wait and the snipes would come running out of the woods…No wait…there was no such thing as snipes and I waited in the dark for quite a while before I figured out it was a joke. But for the most part, I trusted my dad and did things he told me when I did not know the outcome. I did it because I knew he loved me and was going to take care of me.
Now I can see how Abram took off on his journey to a place that God would show him. Abram is the father of the Jews and the Christians and the Muslims. God held up His end of the bargain. He always does and always will. We just need to know Him. We need to walk by faith.