I remember the moment like it was yesterday.
A Tuesday morning sales meeting in my office in Addison, Texas, just like the meetings I still hold today. A co-worker came in and told us that a plane had just hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. Like many, I immediately thought a private plane had made a terrible error. I never could have imagined the events that unfolded over the coming days.
As more footage was shown, I got extremely angry and questioned God. I thought we served a loving God. How could He allow this unthinkable event to happen? My faith was shaken.
At age 45, J.D. Greear is the youngest president of the Southern Baptist Convention in decades. A few weeks ago, he came to Dallas to deliver a powerful message on how Christians have made God into a manageable, convenient, little-g god. (His new book, Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems, fleshes out his perspective.)
Pastor Greear said we all find ourselves struggling with a lack of faith. We often ask why a loving God would allow such evil to happen. What possible good could come from these things? All of these questions stem from a fundamental deficiency in our vision of God.
Simply put, the Bible tells us God is not here to serve us. Rather, it’s the other way around. We exist to serve God and to bring Him glory. You will not be able to understand everything that happens in your life and how it relates to your own good.
We see an example of this in the Bible in the life of Job. The ultimate purpose in Job’s suffering was to bring glory to God. But Job had to live through 37 chapters of misery to learn that.
As Pastor Greear pointed out, if God is all loving, all powerful, and all wise, isn’t it arrogant for us to think we should be able to understand His purposes? It stands to reason a lot of things that happen will go beyond our understanding. If you think about it, a God small enough for us to completely understand is not a God large enough to worship.
If you’d like to learn more, there is a wonderful opportunity with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. The Oct. 5 event draws more than 1,000 people who are looking for a way to make Christ known in the Metroplex. Consider becoming a table host, volunteering, or becoming a partner. Text PRAYER to 77007 for updates on this year’s event.
God, the creator of the entire universe is not too small. He is more than enough. Forging a genuine relationship with Him will change your life forever. #DFWTechPB #FaithatWork
Matthew Harrington is the volunteer team chair of the Dallas/Fort Worth Technology Prayer Breakfast.