Question: What is the image of God that is hanging your mental gallery?
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”
KEY QUESTION: DOES GOD CARE ABOUT ME?
Big Idea: I believe God is involved in and cares about my daily life.
THE TWO MOVEMENTS OF GENESIS 16: FIRST GOD SEES HAGAR AND SECOND, HAGAR SEES GOD.
The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” Genesis 16:7
GOD SEES HAGAR BY FINDING HER.
GOD SEES HAGAR BY CALLING HER BY NAME.
GOD SEES HAGAR BY ENGAGING THE DETAILS OF HER LIFE.
to your mistress and submit to her.”
10 The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”
11 The angel of the Lord also said to her:
“You are now pregnant
and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,[a]
for the Lord has heard of your misery.
She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”
I lift up my eyes to the mountains -
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
MOVE #1: FIRST GOD SEES ME.
Transcendence: God is up above everything. He is independent of and superior to the rest of the universe.
MOVE #2: THEN I SEE GOD.
What is the ultimate image of God that Jesus is seeking to paint in the gallery of our hearts? Abba
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:26-27
Immanence: God is present and active in nature and history. Quite simply God is near.
First, God sees you.
In what area of your life are you on Broken Boulevard? Where do you need to just admit you are lost and need found?
How can you be still this week and listen for God to speak your name?
How can you be more open to and aware of God’s involvement in your life?
Then, you see God.
What warped images of God do you need to let go of?
How is the image of God in your heart too small?
How is the image of God in your heart too distant?
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