For the last few weeks we’ve been in a sermon series at Verge Church called “Make Room: Creating Space for God to Work.” You can check out all the sermons so far right here.
In the process of working through this series, I’ve done what I always do: Examine and apply the messages to myself/my life as we go. In no way do we believe that we can make God do anything. He is sovereign and he reigns over all things. But we can yield our will to God and get out of his way as he works in our midst.
The theme that is running through this series is that we attempt to limit God–we box him in. In our minds we may believe that he is able, but we do not believe that he is willing. We have seen him work on behalf of others, but we doubt he would ever do it for us. This doubt and unbelief keep us on on the outskirts of a move of God instead of in the middle. Instead of carrying our prayers and petitions boldly to the throne of grace, we keep them bottled up inside and over time we stop praying altogether.
Our Heavenly Father understands our struggles and our concerns. Jesus experienced them in the flesh and he intercedes for us. But too often are running scared, not wanting to bother God with our prayers. We pray for small things to avoid disappointment while scripture says to do otherwise:
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16
So making room for God to work isn’t about us unleashing the power of God. We can’t do that. That implies that we can tether it in the first place. But it does mean that we open our eyes to a God who is big enough to do the impossible with a word. A God who created the whole world in 6 days and then CHOSE to rest. A God who could just as easily have wiped the slate clean and started over after Adam and Eve’s fall, but CHOSE to enter the mess and make a way to clean it up. A God who could accomplish his will in this earth all by himself, but CHOSE to call you and me into his mission.
Making room for God to work just means that we clear out space in our lives for him to do some of what he wants to do already, in and through us–in the middle of our lives.