Familiarity can kill! Many of us have become very familiar with God in a way that we subtly dismiss Him. We dismiss God because He simply didn’t appear to us or speak to us in the way that He usually does. This familiarity causes us to miss the mark because we think we know it all.
We hold God to our own standards and when that standard isn’t met we automatically write off what He is doing or saying to us. We allow the element of familiarity to rob us in a way that is saddening. We put Him in a box and deceive ourselves that we know Him more than He thinks we know Him. However, the beautiful reality is that we will never completely grasp the fullness of God because He is far too vast. The Bible says the mercies of God are new every morning, meaning every day is a new day. Every day is a day filled with new blessings and expectations. Though He remains the same He is ever wondrous and full of surprises, therefore we must renew our faith in God continually through His grace.
We must become unfamiliarized with what we believe God to be because He is bigger than what we can ever fathom. To some extinct, we all believe that we have figured God out but little do we know that we have not even scraped the surface.
Secondly, in the same way that we become familiar with God, we also become extremely familiar with people. Familiarizing ourselves with their physical status while overlooking their spiritual one. Do not think to yourself that you have served God for 30 years, therefore, no one who is a “babe” in God can speak to you because God is not a respecter of man. Don’t assume that God cannot speak to you or bless you through someone who is on a “different” or “lower” level than you. Familiarity will only stagnate you and suffocate you if you allow it to.
toady and every other day, REINTRODUCE yourself to God every morning and ask Him to open your eyes that you may see His newness daily.
“He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he taught there in the synagogue, everyone was amazed and said, “Where does he get this wisdom and the power to do miracles?” Then they scoffed, “He’s just the carpenter’s son, and we know Mary, his mother, and his brothers—James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. All his sisters live right here among us. Where did he learn all these things?” And they were deeply offended and refused to believe in him. Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.” And so he did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.”