So who is this God who asks us not for something but everything?
He is the God who calls things that are not, as though they were. (Romans 4:17)
He is the Lord who sings over us. (Zephaniah 3:17)
He is the Lord your God who is gracious and compassionate slow to anger and abounding in love. (Exodus 34:6-7)
He is the Spirit who brings beauty from ashes. (Isaiah 61:3)
He is One who holds all things together and by whom all things are made. (Colosians 1:15-17)
He is the God who will repay all the years that the locusts have eaten. (Joel 2:25)
He is the God who gives you His joy so that your joy may be complete. (John 15:11)
He is the God who boasts that “I will satisfy you fully.” (Joel 2:19)
What do you do when the God of the universe says He will satisfy you fully?
You have a couple of options. You can walk away. Or stand there in shock. Or you can drink Him in. You can bank on it. Not out of disrespect. Out of complete trust that if He said it, He means it. Some friends of mine and I have adopted a saying, “I’ve been peithoed,” meaning, I have been persuaded, overcome with evidence, blown away by the truth. Are you willing to be peithoed?
What exactly does peitho mean? The New Thayers Greek-English Lexicon says concerning this word peitho:
persuasion; to induce one by words to believe; to cause belief in a thing (which one sets forth), win one’s favor; to persuade unto; i.e. move or induce someone by persuasion to do something; to suffer one’s self to be persuaded; to be induced to believe; to trust.
God peithoes us every day. He wants to get our attention. He wants us to know Him.
Why? Because all along God has been after relationship, relationship, relationship.
Excerpt taken from Unhindered, Chapter 45
Let’s Get Real Here:
Are you convinced – peithoed – of what God says about Himself? About you? If not, are you willing to let Him persuade you?