EXPERIENCE GOD

Several nights ago, Jerrica and I were lying in bed about to fall asleep when,  through our baby monitor, we heard “Da-Da-Ma-Me, Da-Da-Ma-Me…” We both listened intently trying to figure out what in the world our son Abram was saying. As I laid there, I began to cry. As tears rolled down my face, I realized he was singing.  Then suddenly, I hear “BIBLE!!!” From what we could tell, he was singing “That’s the book for me, That’s the book for me…” then as all kids do when singing this song, he screams the word "BIBLE."

Without a doubt, I was moved by the fact that he was singing this song and I could hear joy in his voice, but yet there was something that moved me even deeper still. It wasn’t just the sweet voice, the Jesus song, or the randomness; it was the experience I had with God. An experience that often I ignore.

In the book of Job there is this great passage/reminder of the very experience that I had. In chapter 12 verses 7-10 it says:

“Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”

Through listening to my sweet baby sing the B-I-B-L-E song, I was able to experience the hand of my Creator. I saw His goodness. I saw His peace. I saw His randomness. I saw His creation. I saw His Abram.

“In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”

Hang on to those words.

From my experience, I have found three important pieces to experience God.

STOP

Have you ever stopped and looked around at your life, examined the use of your time or the things that you hold most dear? Would God be at the top of the list or would your work, family or hobbies?

It’s unarguable that we are distracted people. I would be so bold to say that we are idol worshipers (anything that replaces God from the throne of our life). By stopping, we are able to see things for how they really are. If you aren’t hearing or seeing God, I guarantee that there is a heart problem. Find that problem and place it at the feet of Jesus.

To stop really means to start. This is the first step in experience God.  

EXPLORE

Sin pulls us away from God, if we have repented of those distractions then it’s time to explore. Exploring sounds fun, but it actually can be hard. Exploring means that you don’t know what’s ahead. It means that fear can creep in. It also means that we can be attacked from anywhere because we don’t know the terrain. I’m not talking about a nature exploration. I’m talking about exploring the word of God and finding out who He is, what He is calling you to and how you can serve and love Him with your life.

If you aren’t in His word, how can you ever expect to hear His voice? To know God is to explore the depths of Him. But like I said before it is a scary road to travel. The enemy will attack. God may call us to look deep inside ourselves and see something we have hidden or ignored. God knows that exploring Him also requires us to explore ourselves.

ADORE

Finally, when we seek to experience God it requires a complete change in perspective. We see God for all the glory that He is. We see the beauty that is merely in His name. We can’t help but adore Him. We can’t help but to cry out. Maybe now, today, is the time that you open your eyes and see that most life changing experience ever is Jesus!

Through the voice of a 2-year-old, I saw Jesus. And you know what? He allowed me to Stop, Explore and Adore.