Tired Eyes, Happy Heart

from Shane's Muslim Connect

Sometimes I think I’ve advanced well down the Christian road: I know a few Greek words from the New Testament. I can put Philippians, Colossians, Ephesians, and Galatians in the right order (although a spell checker is the only way I can get the names right!). And I can identify a theological or biblical problem with almost any modern worship song. So, yeah, that feels good. 

On the other hand, some things remain beyond me that you’ve probably already sussed out. Like the sovereignty of God. I believe God is both real and all powerful. But what that actually means continues to befuddle me. 

We share this with Muslims. Well, the idea that God is sovereign, if not the confusion. Their sovereign name for God is Al-Malik, and there’s an entire chapter of the Qur'an called by that name. Sura 67 has thirty verses which, in addition to detailing how disbelievers get chucked into hell, talk about the amazing universe God has made and his rule over it. In a nice bit of insight, verse 4 says something like, “You’ll tire your eyes out gazing at the beauty of God’s creation. And trying to find flaws in it is futile.”

While I prefer Psalm 19 for talking about the glory and greatness of God, I think it’s good to recognize areas of understanding we have in common with Muslims. These provide starting points for conversation, giving us opportunity to build relationship before wrestling with the important differences between us. Plus, can you ever really go wrong thinking, talking, wondering about the greatness of God?

Please keep praying through the month of Ramadan. Check out the prayer wall for Muslim Connect tribe members’ prayers. As God leads you, add your own.