Recently in my prayers to God, I found myself asking Him, “Why don’t I have special, exciting things happen in my life anymore…like when I first got to know you?” God spoke back to my heart and said, “Bill, I still do those things all the time. You have just gotten used to it.”
God wants us to live amazed by His goodness in our lives. He wants us to actively take notice of the truly wonderful things He does for us. Why is that? It is because when we live amazed, we will never be without hope.
A good example to look at is the story of Abraham. God had blessed Abraham abundantly. However, there was one thing that he and his wife, Sarah, didn’t have. That was a child. Abram said,…Lord God, what can You give me, since I am going on (from this world) childless?
And He (God) brought him outside(his tent into the starlight) and said, Look now toward the heavens and count the stars- if you are able to number them. Then He said to him, So shall your descendants be (Genesis 15:2, 5).
Although Abraham’s circumstances looked overwhelming, God brought him out of his tent to amaze him and remind him that he can do the impossible. I believe we can all spend too much time “in our tent,” looking at our own problems. That’s why the Bible says to looking away from all of that will distract unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Hebrews 12:2 (HCSB)
2 keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.
Every time we decide to pray, read His Word or simply dwell on the great things He has done for us in the past, it produces hope in us. And, like Abraham, we will begin thinking, Wow, maybe He can do this for me!
When times are tough and you feel discouraged, it’s time to step outside the tent and see what God has to say. When you do, you’ll find that He is just waiting to amaze you. Besides, it is much warmer outside the tent than it was last Monday.