Face Time with God – Pt. 3, Expectations

yellow brick road

What do we expect as we approach our face times with God? Are we like Dorothy, who bumps her head and ends up in the strange Land of Oz? With great anticipation, she begins her search for the Wizard. Perhaps he can show her the way back to Kansas.  Three unlikely friends join her on the yellow brick road with their own set of problems. If they can only meet with the Wizard, surely he will fix their broken and missing pieces.

How sad to discover their supposed savior was merely a fat little man behind a curtain, projecting his image as the great and powerful Wizard of Oz.

Are we setting ourselves up for disappointment when we meet with God? Definitely not, as long as we understand who he really is and what we can expect from him. So, who is this One we call God? To find out, let’s listen in as he introduces himself to three biblical characters: *Moses, *the prophet Isaiah and *the apostle Peter – unlikely companions considering they spanned a period of approximately 1,500 years.

When God speaks to Moses, He leaves no room for doubting His divine presence. “Take off your sandals,” God says, “for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

Then God introduces himself to Moses. “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” (Exodus 3:6)

Surely that got Moses’ attention, for he fell on his face in fear. The question is, does it get ours? How will we respond? Do you realize when we step into the presence of God, we’re on holy ground? We are! Whenever you and I meet with him, the very moment is holy. And so is the place he fills in our hearts and minds.

What can we expect from God when we meet with him? Take it from the words of the prophet Isaiah when he said, “This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.’” (Is. 48:17) Does it get any better than that?

Now, let’s consider Jesus’ conversation with the disciples concerning who he is:

“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

“Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.”  (Matthew 16:13-17 The New Living Translation)

There’s a lot of skepticism and confusion today as to who God is. Therefore, as we pursue our face times with him, perhaps we should begin by asking ourselves this all important question. “Who do we say he is?”

Our answer will indicate if we’ve “bumped our heads” and are searching for a make-believe god to solve our problems. Or if we’ve chosen the path of promises set forth by the God of the Ages who cares about every detail of our lives. The Bible contains over 7,000 promises meant for those who know and embrace God for who he really is.

Who do you say He is?

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5 Responses to “Face Time with God – Pt. 3, Expectations”
  1. Lisa says:

    Well said Mama! Thanks so much for your willingness to HEAR God and write it out so we can all benefit and learn through your words from Him!! I adore you!!!

  2. I say He’s gracious and merciful and approachable through Christ.
    But He’s also just and righteous and holy. Quite the paradox, isn’t He?

  3. Millie says:

    Mom! Finally got time tonight to catch up on the last 3 posts! Good stuff! You write just enough to leave us hanging for the next one!! Question – one of us is confused — Alice in Wonderland fell down the rabbit hole? Didn’t Dorothy just get in a tornado and bump her head and have a dream?! Maybe I bumped my head and don’t remember right?!!! 😳

    • Oh, dear! You’re right. I guess I’m the one who bumped my head. I wonder why noone else has mentioned that. Oh well, I’ll fix it now. 🙂 Love you and appreciate your encouragement and input. Mom

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