Aug
27
2013

Can you out give God? I think I did!

I had an experience recently that made me experience God in a new way – that of a fun-loving Father.

I was reflecting on some of the songs that we have been singing recently as a congregation. Many times, we ask God to fill us with His Spirit and many times He does that. However, I had an inner longing to worship Him without asking for anything in return. Many of us have been there at one time or another. No sooner had the thought crossed my mind then I realised that God is a giving God and He does show up in worship to give. Blessing us is in His nature.

So I started to toy with the question in my mind – can I out-give God? I thought of the sovereignty of God and know that I couldn’t possibly win against Him but sometimes, just sometimes, He allows us to win. Just like a natural Father has a playful session with his son and the Father allows the son to win, God likes to have fun with us – at least that was my experience.

I was reminded of the story of Jacob who wrestled all night against God and the scriptures state that when Jacob was prevailing. in other words, Jacob seemed to have the upper hand. Jacob was essentially saying that he wouldn’t let God outdo Him.

Again one of my favourite biblical characters is David. It was in his mind i.e. he had a desire to build a house for God but because David was a man of war, God declined the offer (1 Chronicles 28:3). David however, was not going to take no for an answer and though he didn’t physically build the house for God, he provided all the resources that was required to build the house.

With these two men who pressed him against God, I felt I was on good ground. So I started a game of ‘I am going to out give God during worship’. This encounter was one of the most fun-loving times I have had with God.

Just to finish off the story, armed with my ‘new-found-desire’, I went to church and started to worship God. The more we, as a congregation worshipped God, the more He poured out His blessing and the more I turned my inward focus on worshipping Him. I was determined to out-give God with my praise (winning for me meant having the last word i.e. praising God).

Just when I said, well I am not going to win, the worship leader declared that it was time to focus back on God, not to keep on receiving but to give back to Him in price. It’s difficult sometimes to describe an experience on paper, but I felt that God was giving me the last opportunity to say thank you. I believe He let me win.

The focus of my post today is not so much to talk about my personal experience with God, though a testimony or story will always encourage people, but to talk about the fun-loving nature of God. He wants to have fun with us.

Someone was asking me just the other day what I liked about my church and I said without hesitation, the fact that I enjoy my Christianity. It’s easy to be a believer, faithfully serving God, without enjoying the Father we serve. Christianity is not stage-managed. It’s a loving relationship with a loving Father. Why not challenge yourself, as I did to do something great with God. Notice, I did not say something great for God.

The journey of faith is an interesting and enjoyable one, it’s only waiting for us to explore.

So until I appear again in your inbox with more insights from the scriptures, keep on enjoying God.

Ola

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About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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