Choose Your Options
Do we serve a God who is small and contained?
Are you surprised by God?
Romans 11:33-34 AMP
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions)! And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths)!
For who has known the mind of the Lord and who has understood His thoughts, or who has [ever] been His counselor?
“We like to put God in a box. We have the propensity to confine God to our idea of Him.
“Do you live surprised by God? Stunned by what He says to you, amazed by what He asks of you, struck by what He does and bowled over by the scriptures?
“If we are in touch with the real God, that continuous shock should be normal. He is amazing! He is shocking. What He does and who He is, are knowable and unknowable at the same time—a paradox.
“I want more of this surprising God, One that we are ever discovering, can never really be anticipated and Who is unpredictable. The problem is: are we open to being surprised?”
If we feel comfortable with this Master of Surprise, we may need to question whether we have met Him at all. God truly is shocking! We build tight religious circles to confine and control Him, but in doing so, we miss the outlandish freshness of each new day and each new situation.
“To define God is to confine God and limit our experience of Him. When you want God to be containable or label-able, nameable and confineable, then you are the one who’s confined.
“You will be blinded by your own boundaries and incapable of seeing Him when He moves around a familiar corner and startles you by the what-you-never-dreamed.”
Choosing to let God BE God frees us to experience the wondrous discovery of Who He is and Who He is in me!
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A Journal of Spiritual Adventure,
Posted by Jaen de Loreal "laughing literati" on 27th Sep 2013
Simple but profound reflections on the knowable and unknowable nature of God. Laid out in a private journal form full of poetical insights and personal revelations. Soaked in scripture these are Word -based insights that will have you pondering the deeper things of God well after you have finished the last page.
Well worth the read
Posted by Tammy Hardin on 27th Sep 2013
I haven't even finished this little book yet and am already pleased with it. Everything I've read by Martha Kilpatrick leaves a lasting (positive) impression.
Surprised, But Never Disappointed
Posted by Jan M. Larkin on 27th Sep 2013
This review is from: Surprised by God (Kindle Edition)
Put God in a box? Me? Religion was only too glad to help me "work" on that for years. I read every book and noted every step in each one so that I could get God to do what I wanted. Luckily, He stayed just out of reach of the many boxes I tried to construct, and this excellent booklet deals with what happens when we try to do this. Perhaps, if we can just see that God is doing just fine without our help, we can also begin to drop our efforts to control other people as well!
Posted by Tina on 17th Mar 2013
This is a timely Word of encouragement and life with key Kingdom principles. Martha Kilpatrick shares insights that are confirmed by the Spirit of God within me. We are all apart of one body with Christ as the head.
A must read
Posted by M. Lewis on 16th Mar 2013
This is a quick read that is hard to put down.
God has given Martha the ability to express deep spiritual truths in a way that is so concise that it will leave the reader almost breathless with the blunt simplicity of the Spirit-filled truths presented.
The message in this book is to let God be God, and for us to stop making Him into a God of our choosing.
God forgive us for saying what He should be!
Posted by A.A. on 14th Mar 2013
I highly recommend reading the words of this little book - it is a small book but huge in rich insights - I devoured it upon first reading and have taken my time with small daily portions the second time around - the aroma of this bread, fresh from the oven, is simply wonderful.