Somebody challenged me the other day, If God is so good, and so powerful, then why do Christians sound so miserable?”
I had to think about it. I mean, really. And you know, a lot of Christian music IS often about lost people getting saved, desperate cries of “God are You there?” and pleas of “Help me-help me-help me.” No offense intended. And yet. . . where are the testimonies of healing? Provision? Comfort and wisdom? Not just salvation, but everyday intervention in our lives?
Is God living and active in our lives or not? Do we see Him, acknowledge Him, give Him the credit He deserves?
Graham Cooke made this great distinction in his sermon “God is the Kindest Person I Have Ever Met.” He said that who we were Before we met God was our History. But who we are Now and what God has done in our lives Since we met is our Testimony.
And since you know how I love definitions: Testimony is defined as evidence or witness. And blow my hair back, look at what it used as examples of testimonies:
a.) the tablets inscribed with the Mosaic law, the ark containing the tablets, b.) a divine decree attested in the Scriptures
a.) the firsthand authentication of a fact, b.) an outward sign, c.) a solem declaration made under oath
a.) an open acknowledgement, b.) a public profession of a religious experience
Can I get a Yes and Amen?!! A Holy Wow?
Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Lord, give us eyes, ears, and Mouths to be receive Your power and be Your witnesses of your goodness even in the middle of our circumstances.
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Amen! Ok Jana, since you are the songwriter… lets get writing some testimonial SONGS! Ya?
Also, I read that verse today.. weird, cause I only read like 5 verses. Coincidence? I think not!
Love your thinking here.