It all comes down to the tension between the god we want and the God who is.
The god we want fills our belly; the God who is fills us with the Holy Spirit. The god we want is happy in the middle; the God who is reigns from on high. The god we want looks like us; the God who is wants us to be a reflection of Him.
The god we want shows up in comfortable non-verses that we assume are in the Bible but really aren't. God helps those who helps themselves. God blesses the rich so they can bless others. God won't give you anything you can't handle. These "verses" describe the god we wish we had, rather than the God who is.
What will the real God do? He'll put us out in the middle of a sea and tell us to walk on it. He'll place us before a giant with a rock and a sling. He'll allow a tornado or cancer or a heart attack or a foreclosure or a job loss or a death to come our way. He will give us more than we can handle just to show us that only He can handle things. p. 87
We can't change people, but God can use us as agents while He changes people-if we are willing. p. 130
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