Reminders of His love…
March 7th, 2019
If you’re waking with the Lord, you don’t have to think very hard to realize that moment when God reaches into your life and gives you a little bump of encouragement. I could brush off most of these Divine appointments and minor miracles as a coincidence. But don’t discredit God’s reminding us, we are His Child and He loves you!
Note: Prior to writing this devotional blog, I researched to make sure that the term God Bump wasn’t being used by some charlatan spewing a false gospel. These abound today, and I would prefer to not have this narrative associated with anything other than the Word of God.
First let me explain where I first heard the term God Bump.
Not that long ago, I had a furnace failure in my home. A brother from the church checked it out for me and realized that the issue was beyond his comfort level to deal with, so I called a professional in to resolve the issue.
When this individual showed up at my house, I quickly realized I was in the presence of a brother in the Lord. It wasn’t long before the conversation moved from warming the house to one that warmed both our hearts.
I had just finished my first book and had a few copies in the back of my car. The Holy Spirit was prompting me to give John a copy.
They had to order a part for the furnace and would have to return the next day to install it. The furnace was jury-rigged to provide heat safely overnight. John the service rep went to his truck to write up the paperwork, and I followed him to get a copy of “A Love Relationship—Let Us Pray” from the back of my car and give it to him.
It thrilled John to receive the book. I returned to my desk where I was working and in about 10 minutes, John returned with the paperwork for me to sign. I signed the work order and handed it back to John and our conversation ended with John again thanking me for the book. I responded with telling him he was welcome, and I hoped that the book was a blessing to him.
John’s response was something like, “Oh, I know this will be good! I’ve already got a God Bump out of it!”
That event stuck with me, and from it I focused more on the miraculous interaction God has with His Children every day.
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Matthew 7:11 (ESV)
Our heavenly Father enjoys giving us little blessings frequently. The thrill that runs through your soul as you sing “How Great Thou Art”, the passage that produces new revelation to us after we’ve seen it a hundred times, the intervention when he steps into a situation and turns the hopeless condition into a blessing, and the Divine appointment he arranges in our day; all God Bumps.
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Hebrews 13:1-2 (ESV)
God’s made it his standard practice to remind us of his glory and majesty at frequent intervals in our lives. The thing is, we often are so caught up in what we are doing and getting through the day that the events of his interaction can slip by our notice unless we are paying attention.
Reflecting on my experience I can see points along the way where he has been actively injecting people and events to remind me he is my Loving Father.
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:8-10 (ESV)
The ultimate God Bump was Jesus stepping forward into our environment to rescue us from the sin that handicaps us. “God is love” and God shows his love for us, on a constant and ongoing basis.
He demonstrates his love despite our circumstances and trials. When our reserves are depleted, and we can’t imagine how we will crawl out of the hole we fallen into it is then that the Good Shepherd leaves the other ninety-nine sheep so he can find us and lift us out of the pit of despair that encroaches.
What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
Matthew 18:12-14 (ESV)
God Bumps, it’s the hug we feel coming out of nowhere, it’s the nudge when we suddenly know that the capability we lack has is being supplied through his grace, it’s the peace that remains ever present with us even though we face the insurmountable. God Bumps are taking place every day in the lives of those who yield their lives to the Master’s command.
Tally the Bumps
Scripture makes it abundantly clear we are to praise the Lord for all things in our lives. Admittedly, sometimes our view of the blessings he is piling on us are obscured by the troubles that surround us.
The enemy doesn’t want us to recognize the acts of God in our daily lives. His goal is to defeat us and drive a wedge in our relationship with our redeemer. Satan does this by injecting fear and doubt into our lives at key points when he feels we are most venerable.
The full armor of God is available for us to resist this influence in our lives and God is constantly giving us gentle reminders which range from subtle to blatant miracles obvious to all it was his hand and his alone the altered the situation.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
This is so much simpler to accomplish when we eminently know of the Lord’s influence in our lives.
I will suggest you try a simple experiment. It would be best if you did this with making a note on your smartphone every time you notice a God Bump in your day-to-day life. You need to focus and pay attention to recognize them, but I assure you they are there.
Do this for one week or more and review them as often as you can. This will remind you to keep an eye out for the next one. Everyday miracles are easy to overlook, especially when we are distracted by the issues of the world.
And as you encounter God Bumps thank Jesus for the evidence of his involvement in your day. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances”; the easiest way to accomplish this recognizing all that he is doing for us throughout our days.
After a week of doing this, it would surprise me if you were not a God Bump enthusiast; tracking your “God Bumps!”
In His Grace,