We hear a lot of stories throughout our day.
We hear good things that are happening in people’s lives. We hear about the struggles that people are having. We hear gossip or rumors or true stories of the things that people have done. (And we try hard not to spread those, right?)
Out of all the things that we hear, though, how many of them tell us about God?
How many stories do we hear about God’s work in a person’s life? About how God is saving someone or turning someone’s life around?
How many stories do we hear about the things that God is teaching someone or how God is comforting someone?
Do we hear any stories that tell us about the character and love and power of God?
I think that most of the time, when we hear about the work of God, it is limited to the things that we read in Scripture. We know that He did amazing things in Bible times. He helped people BACK THEN. He showed His power for THEM.
We believe that God is capable of doing things, and we’ve heard of the things that He’s done in the past.
King David once prayed to God in the midst of his own experiences with Him and said these words:
“Therefore you are great O LORD GOD. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”2 Samuel 7:22
David’s ears had heard plenty of stories of God’s work all around Him. He had heard (and even personally experienced) stories of God defeating enemies, protecting His people, providing needed nourishment, leading His servants with wisdom and strength, and rescuing people from despair.
David had heard these stories almost all of his life. And hearing them became, for him, a reason to praise God and share those stories with those around him. Hearing these things about God produced an even greater assurance in David’s heart that there was no other God like his God and that his God was great.
So, what have YOU heard about God lately? Because the reality is that God is STILL doing amazing things in people’s lives. It may not involve the same type of things that King David was experiencing, but they are amazing nonetheless.
God is still saving people. God is still revealing truth to people. God is still turning people’s lives around. God is forgiving and providing and leading and helping and comforting and protecting and nourishing and blessing and teaching.
God is doing all of these things, even in our own lives. But maybe we just don’t talk much about it. Maybe it’s because we are failing to SEE it. Or maybe it’s because we are so quick to tell other stories about life, without putting them in the context of how God is using them to shape us.
We need to hear about what God is doing. Hearing these things produces praise. Not hearing them can lead us to focus too much on the struggles or too much on ourselves.
Turn the focus back to God. Pay attention to how He is showing Himself to be great in your life and in the world. Share those stories so that more praise can be given to His name. Share those stories so that people can know more about God and His wonderful work.