Do You Have a Small "g" God?

Small "g" god or Capital "G" God - what's the difference?


“For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:13

Pain, for whatever reason, is pain.

Emotional, physical, spiritual - it's all pain.

We ultimately react to it all in the same way.

For the most part, we seek relief in whatever form we can find.

For me, it has involved finding out who God is in my life, and keeping him there.

For some, it involves filling themselves with things that don't satisfy.

It reminds me of Jeremiah and the people who found their wells empty.

Such an apt metaphor.

That is how I feel without a capital "G" God - empty.

I recently spoke with someone who believes that there is "something greater" out there.  As it was put - a small "g" god.

I felt so sad.  I can't fathom getting through all of this with a small g god.

I can't imagine getting through this without a personal God.  One whom I can talk to, write to, listen to, and yes - to whom I can complain.

The small g god seems so impersonal to me.  Something out there. How unsatisfying.

How glad I am that I know where God is - not something out there, but rather a close intimate God who resides in me and I in Him.

It took pain for me to find Him.  It took the shaking of my belief system to its very core.  It took dismantling and putting it back together again, a piece at a time.  It took time.  And pain.

And it was the pain that allowed me to - forced me to - find those pieces.

It's such a puzzle.  It makes no sense - especially to those who still cling to the small g god.  Yet, the inward filling of the capital G God, the closeness, the intimacy, is so amazing.  (Yes, I use that word a lot - but I've yet to find a better one!)

So if, my beloved readers, you are struggling with exactly which god you believe in - if you are wondering if He is there at all - take heart.  This is the time in your life - though wrought with pain - that you can begin to find the pieces, that once put together, will become the stronghold of your life.

Father God, Words fail me, right now.  Praising You, blessing You, acknowledging You for who you are and all you have done doesn't even seem sufficient for all You have done.  You have evidenced Yourself through the pain in my life.  You have brought the good You said You would.  Even through the pain.  Perhaps - because of it.  Amen and amen.


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