A Course on Miracles: Seeking 101
As we begin 2009, I want to also begin teaching you a Course on Miracles. I’ve asked God to make 2009 a Year of Miracles. I’ve always wanted God to do something unexplainable and uncontrollable and uncontainable in me and in Life Church. I think we’re on the verge of that.
Luke 5 gives us a picture of what God wants to do in all of our lives. The disciples had been fishing all night and hadn’t caught a thing. Jesus told them to move the boats and try again. I’m sure the professional fisherman really love Jesus give them fishing tips! But Peter was obedient. He said, “Because you say so.” They let down their nets and “caught such a large number of fish that the nets began to break.” They actually had to signal another boat to help them haul in the fish. And both boats were so full they began to sink.
Here is my take on that passage: Jesus did something uncontainable. They hadn’t caught a single fish all night. And then they caught more fish than their boats could contain! That is a picture and that is a promise of what I believe the Lord wants to do in our lives! He wants to bless us beyond our ability to contain it.Here is what happens when we seek God. He gets bigger and bigger and bigger. Can I make a simple observation that I think has profound implications? How big something looks doesn’t depend on how big it really is. It also depends on how far away you are! In other words, our perception of things depends on our distance from them.
For instance a couple years ago we took our kids to the circus, but we had the cheap seats. They had a fun time, but were more caught up in the cotton candy and $10 dollar swords that would light up than they were interested in the circus, and I’ll tell you exactly why. The Elephants looked like ants. We were so far away that the elephants were unimpressive. If we’d been on the front row it would have been a totally different story. I’m pretty sure the kids would have been in awe. Why? Because size isn’t the only factor that determines how we perceive things. Distance is a huge factor.
Here’s my point. God is huge! But some of us are so far away from God that we’re nonimpressed. Our problems seem so big and our God seems so small because we’re in the cheap seats! Let me tell you what sin does. It takes us further and further away from God until we’re in the last row of the top balcony.
God seems smaller and smaller as we get farther and farther away from Him.
That is what this series is about. It’s seeking God so God gets bigger and our problems get smaller. It’s seeking Him until the impossible seems logical.
Hosea 10:12 says, “Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground.” Unplowed ground is ground that has been ignored. The surface has gotten hard and nothing can be planted. And nothing grows through the surface. Hosea continues, “It is time to seek the Lord until He comes and showers righteousness on you.”
We can’t control the rain. But we can prepare the soil. I’m afraid that too many of us worry about rain instead of preparing the soil. Our job is to prepare the soil and seek God until it rains!
So here’s the Million Dollar Question: Where has the soil of your heart become hardened? The key to that question is this question: where have you lost hope or lost joy? What have you stopped thinking about because it’s too painful? What have you stopped praying about because it’s too unbelievable? Answer those questions and you’ll know where you need to plow!
As we pursue God through our 30 Day Fast I believe some miracles will happen during these next few weeks.
It may be someone’s salvation?
It may be a physical healing?
It may be the resolution of a situation that seems impossible?
It may be a dream that has gathered dust?
It may be an addiction that seems unbreakable?