It’s a God-thing
I’ve never been the greatest fan of this phrase. I’m not totally opposed to it either , however. I guess it just always seemed to me a little too slang for it to be worthy of my God. Perhaps I am guilty at times of religious snobbery. I googled the phrase “It’s a God thing” and found some interesting links. It is apparently the title of a song, production company and apparel company. Someone asked what it was supposed to mean on a forum-type website. I even found a sermon entitled “7 Ways To Tell If It’s a God Thing.”
So, maybe it’s not a bad phrase to use but it’s just used so much that we forget the exercise behind. Or maybe we think it’s just something that is exercised on occasion or something we should acknowledge in good or bad times in our church groups. I’ve thought about this a great deal lately. If I wanted to use that phrase, I could point to numerous occasions over the last year where God has clearly worked things out in only the complete and sovereign way that He can. I have literally been in awe and at times left speechless at some of the things I have seen God do this year. But mentally, I walk away and leave God in the God-thing. After all, He’s really good at it. —and that’s exactly what God’s people Israel were so good at doing.
In Isaiah’s list of woes to the people of Israel, he warned them of this. In chapter 5 verses 12 and 13 he says,
12And the harp, and the viol, the tablet, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of The Lord, neither consider the operation of His hands. 13Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
These people had a tremendous history of watching God do awesome and mighty acts. Many of them had even witnessed some in their own time. But that’s exactly where they left Him.They didn’t take Him to work, or leave room for Him in their celebrations, so when the enemy came, they were easily defeated. It was the consequence for thier forgetfulness of God and they were warned it would happen.
So where does that leave me? I think I like the phrase….if I can remember to use it all the time. Those awe-inspiring, speechless acts that He does for me are a God thing. But so is that desert, the rough day at work, the bills you have to pay, your family’s poor health, changing life circumstances, the unemployment line, etc. EVERYTHING is a God thing, meaning that when something happens to us, it has a divine purpose to mold us into Christlikeness. So, I acknowledge God as the reason for my celebration and the defining purpose behind my darkness and defeat, I acknowledge Him as the giver of my health and the guardian of my sickness, the giver of my wealth and the one who knows of my need understanding that all along the way He is shaping me to be more like Christ. When I forget to this, I begin to spiritually starve and dry up from thirst and that (I have to say it!) is NOT a God thing, but a me thing.