Acts 14:17: ”Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”
The other day, I heard someone pray something along the lines of: “God, it’s not about what you’ve done for us, but it’s about who You are.”
I get what they are trying to say. Their simply stating, if God did absolutely nothing for them, they would still love Him and He would still be worthy of their praise. They are communicating the idea that their gratefulness God doing what they think He should do. So, I get it. And even agree.
I just don’t believe it is necessary to separate who God is from what He does. It’s like trying to separate hot from fire. It would be difficult to know who God is without the evidence of all He has done.
I don’t believe He is so abstract. And I’m not sure I believe the only way we can connect with Him is through philosophical pontification alone. He is a God who acts, a God who shows up and shows Himself in many ways.
God isn’t referred to as the great Provider because we just know that he has to be that. We call Him the great provider because in the Word, all through history, and in our lives, He has provided for his people over and over again.
The same is true with God being a savior, healer, sustainer, and creator. He is also gracious, loving, mighty, and steadfast. These aren’t descriptions I just came up with. They are brief summations of our God’s demonstration of His character.
So when you pray, don’t just thank God for who he is. Let’s thank Him by naming examples of how He is currently moving and revealing Himself in our lives. God has and will continue to show up for you. Give thanks to the Lord today.