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Topic: Great (07/06/06)
TITLE: How Great Thou Art (ii)
By Teri Horsley
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Writers, philosophers, pastors, and even every day people often speak of the greatness of God. We offer fancy words, and deep thought on just how great He is. We attempt to define His greatness and teach others about it. We say through faith we must accept it. But do we live our lives according to our own message? Do we truly believe that God is great?
One of the areas in which God can show us how great He is, lies in the battle of life and death. Medical science is quick to offer a definitive diagnosis on most of the patients who pass through the hospital doors. Doctors seem to be very quick to squelch the hope of the terminally ill or of the person who suffers from the chronic illness, based on the statistics of another case. Yet, we all know of someone, perhaps even ourselves, for whom God has intervened long after hope was lost. I saw this in my own life when my father was given six to twelve weeks to live, yet was with us another year, simply because we prayed. Godís greatness was further evidenced for my dad when his salvation came because of the illness that left him weak and stranded in his hospital bed.
God is also there for us in lifeís daily struggle. Again, speaking from my own experience
His presence and subsequent greatness has been displayed in my own personality as Iíve gotten to know Him. I was once a child that was so shy I couldnít even look people in the eye. I felt so insignificant, and unattractive that I was ashamed for others to see me, let alone talk to me. I even felt unworthy of the love that God had promised me. I got to a point that by my teen years I suffered from eating disorders and was very unhappy. Even though I had an above average intelligence, people acted as if I were stupid simply because I had trouble talking to them. Through the greatness of God, His reminder to my spirit that I could come to Him, allowed my prayers to be answered, and my post college career to be in radio. For thirteen years I was a reporter, an on air news person, and daily talk show host. Following those years I moved into advertising sales where confidence and speaking ability are necessary for survival. This didnít happen to me because I enrolled in a self help course. I didnít have some great realization about my own self worth. The greatness of God came into my life, and He helped me realize that because I belong to Him, I can have the confidence to take on any challenge that He brings to me. We have to live as if His greatness can take us anywhere. It can.
God can do for anyone what He did in my life, and in my fatherís death. His greatness is there in front of us. He promised that because of His love for us He will not leave us. We may not understand why He chooses to act in a particular way, but true faith gives us the ability to accept that He will work it out. We also have a God who wants to reveal Himself to us, and who wants to show us our purpose. He will be there for us in the big and the small. He will love us no matter what we do. He was even willing to die for us, which He did. As we reflect on God in our daily lives and struggles, let us never forget that we have no circumstance that He canít handle, we have no illness that He canít cure, and by simply trusting in Him our lives can be wonderful, simply because He is great.
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