Monday, February 16, 2009

"Believing God"

In addition to the Beth Moore Bible study on Esther I am doing, I am also reading her book "Believing God".

It is soooooo good.

Most of you all have probably already read it, but as I have mentioned before, I was a little late in jumping on the Beth Moore bandwagon.
I am on it now and it's my favorite bandwagon yet. (With my stint on the NKOTB bandwagon coming in a close second).
Anyways, I wanted to post a part of the book I read this weekend. It was so well written I just feel like I have to share!

"...thankfully, many churches and Christian institutes of higher learning teach the God of Scripture, but why do so many others default to a lesser-God theology?...

"I believe one reason is our arrogant determination to define God differently that He defines Himself. All human attempts to define God cannot help but minimize Him. We somehow want to neatly package God and make everything about Him explainable. We decide that what's not explainable is not plausible. We try to make God behave and fit into our textbooks. We want Him to calm down and not be so...God-ish.We decide we will only believe what we can humanly reconcile. Our pride and desperation to feel smart has made us unwilling to give the only human answer that exists to some theological questions 'I do not know. But I know that what He says is true even when I can't explain it or reconcile it with what has happened'.
All attempts to take away the mystery and wonder that surround God leave Him something He is not. We cannot tame the lion of Judah. There is a mystery, a wonder, and, yes, even a wildness about God we cannot take from Him. Nor would we want to if we could grasp the adventure of Him. If we can come up with a God we can fully explain, we have come up with a different God from the Bible's. We must beware of recreating an image of God that makes us feel better. Of this I am certain: If in our pursuit of greater knowledge God seems to have gotten smaller, we have been deceived."

I got chills when I read "you cannot tame the lion of Judah".

I bought a used copy of this book on for like $5- SO worth it!

Seriously. If you are not on board this Beth Moore train, get yourself a ticket. You will not regret it!!


Stacy said...

Hey Kendra - thanks for stopping by my blog! I have heard a lot about Beth Moore but I have not jumped aboard her train yet! By the way, I love the design of your blog. Hope you stop by again!

Lacy said...

I am going to have to take your advice. I haven't read any Beth Moore yet, but I will not let this "train pass me by..." :)

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Faith said...

I did the Believing God study and it was AWESOME! I remember that passage and it gives me chills too. Our God is incredible and beyond explanation...I am so thankful for that!!

Praying for you!

Emily said...

Thanks for this information.. I will have to check out that book.

I was blog hopping and came across your blog. I love what I am seeing.. I will be back!

Lianna Knight said...

I just started my Esther bible study last night... I LOVED it :) Isn't she just awesome???

:) said...

Kendra-- the way you write, really, really makes me think. You're so uplifting and I learn so much from you. THANK YOU!

Lauren Kelly said...

This was GREAT, and how TRUE!!!!! :o) Thank you!!!!