Have you ever noticed all of the different ways that God reveals Himself to people? He is original with every original person.
I love looking at the Ah-Hah! moments that people have. You know, the moments when the light comes on and they understand Who God is to them?
- When Jethro heard how God delivered Moses and the Israelites from Egypt he said, “Now I know that the true God is greater than all other gods.”
- When Elijah raised a dead boy back to life the boy’s mother said, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that you only speak His words.”
- When Naaman was healed of leprosy he said to Elisha, “Now I know that there is only one true God.”
- When David recalled all the ways God has delivered him from certain disaster he sang, “Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed.”
- When Peter was delivered from prison by an angel he said, “Now I know that God did this.”
God reveals Himself uniquely to everyone because we’re all unique originals.
“Let God be as original with other people as He is with you.” — Oswald Chambers
Here’s the problem with God’s originality: we try to make our unique experience with God a universal experience for everyone else. We think that because He did it such-and-such a way for us that everyone ought to experience it the same way.
Think about the deliverance from lions in the Bible. In Samson’s case, God gave him supernatural strength to kill a lion with his bare hands; Benaiah went into a pit to kill a lion with his club; Daniel never even touched the lions, and they couldn’t touch him either.
Imagine if Samson was there with Benaiah… “Hey, brother, if you’re going to go after that lion, just wait on God to give you supernatural strength. If you really had faith, you would lose that club!”
Imagine if Benaiah and Samson were giving lion-killing advice to Daniel… “My friend,” Benaiah might say, “Please use my club.” And Samson would interrupt, “How many times do I have to tell you? No clubs!” Yet in Daniel’s case God wanted the lions alive.
Perhaps you had your “Now I know” moment after a prolonged struggle in a particular area. Your tendency would be to tell others, “Get on your knees and pray and pray and pray. Pray really hard! It might take years, but God will eventually help you breakthrough.” Perhaps God wants to deliver someone else instantly.
Perhaps your “Now I know moment” came while reading from the King James Version of the Bible. Your tendency is going to be to hand out KJVs to everyone. Perhaps God is going to speak to someone through The Message paraphrase.
Let God be original with you. Let Him uniquely work with others too. Don’t make your “Now I know” experience the theology which rules everyone around you.
I’m so glad God is unique with every unique individual because each of us are one-of-a-kind originals.
Feel free to share what you’ve learned in this area of God’s originality.