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Value Every Encounter

When kids are small, they have some trouble deciphering the value of money. One may trade a nickel for a dime because the nickel is bigger. One might trade her dollar for a quarter because it’s metal instead of paper or she likes the round shape.

They have to learn the value of what’s been given to them or they may lightly esteem something that is very much more valuable.

The Bible is full of encounters with God. Some are dramatic like the archangel Gabriel appearing to Mary, Jonah swallowed by a great fish, or the walls of Jericho tumbling to the ground.

Others are quieter like David worshiping in the field, Elisha seeing God make an axe-head float, or Jesus simply teaching through parables.

I think sometimes like our kids who trade away based on their opinions or thoughts, we can do the same with what God offers us. We need to see the truth.

Every encounter is an invitation to a process.

That’s not just the fantastical sort, but for instance, the quiet moment He highlights a scripture to you. I consider myself extremely blessed to have experienced life-altering moments where God radically changed me, my perception, or understanding; but at the same time, when I read a book that speaks truth to where I am, that’s a powerful encounter as well (and an invitation to more).

It may be easier to disregard the one as lesser, but it’s not. The dramatic and the quiet–both are invitations from a holy God to lead you through a process. Perhaps it’s a process of cleansing, healing, wholeness, loving and reaching others, or a hundred other things. Make no mistake, you have been invited to a process.

I’ve seen people have incredible encounters with God. They weep, they run to the altar, they feel the power of His presence. Sadly though, so many put in on the shelf thinking, that was great, now on with my life.

Every touch of heaven, every whisper or shout He offers is not simply for you to have an experience to talk about at Bible study or among friends. It’s the starting place, not the end.

Still, I want to encourage you–while I want you to continue to seek profound encounters, don’t miss what He has for you in the everyday encounters as well. Value them. Treasure and ponder them in your heart as Mary did (Luke 2:19).

Relationship isn’t built by spending 10, 30, 60 minutes a day with someone, and it certainly isn’t built on seeing the other person for a dramatic reunion every 1, 3, or 5 years. You’re spending day in and day out with Him.

You speak to Him, confide in Him, learn to trust Him, worship Him–and He pours out beautiful blessings on you.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.” –Matthew 7:24-25

Embrace the encounter and His word. Act on it. You’ll find you just can’t be moved.

What are your thoughts? What has God been doing in You lately?

10 Comments

  1. Oh, yes, Jason, we miss out on so much God has to offer when we focus only on what we perceive as the big things. Let’s not miss out on that still, small voice!
    Blessings!

    • They are both beautiful and wonderful and have the ability to launch us into a greater, deeper place. Thank you, Martha!

  2. Right now Im having trouble seeing Gods bigger picture. All I can see right now is what’s in front of me. Please pray that i will be able to trust Him more and believe He has a bigger plan. Thank you Jason! May Jesus bless you!

    • I know how it feels to want it all figured out, but keep seeking Him and know that He reveals everything we need in His time. Take the steps today and He’ll show you where to go tomorrow. Not that He won’t give you a bigger picture too, but that can take a while. Praying you have overwhelming peace, joy, and life as you wait on and trust in Him, Jaylynn. Thanks so much. 🙂

  3. Wow Jason, really good post. Knowing God always shows up no matter how big or little life is has helped me have a better view of God. The stories are so big in the Bible but in every one of them is tucked a little quiet move of God. Again, great post brother.

    • Appreciate that, Betty! Blessings to you. 🙂

  4. A good reminder. What the world values has no value for eternity. It’s so easy to lose sight; just like your kids trading for less value, except we trade for no value…

    And the relationship… you get what you put into it. I think that’s one of God’s basic designs of this physical world.

    Great and proving thoughts, Jason.

    • I know I’ve made some bad trades in my life. It’s a sad thing, but He is the God who redeems--and I am so thankful. Thank you, Floyd.

  5. Every time I encounter something with God I lean on Him more and more!

    • Amen. That’s how it should be, Ed! Thank you. 🙂

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