Most of us are regular people who have good days and bad days. Our lives are radically ordinary and unexciting. That means they’re the kind of lives God gets excited about. While the world worships beauty and power and wealth, God hides his glory in the simple, the mundane, the foolish, working in unawesome people, things, and places.
In our day of celebrity worship and online posturing, this is a refreshing, even transformative way of understanding God and our place in his creation. It urges us to treasure a life of simplicity, to love those whom the world passes by, to work for God’s glory rather than our own. And it demonstrates that God has always been the Lord of the cross–a Savior who hides his grace in unattractive, inglorious places.
Your God Is Too Glorious reminds readers that while a quiet life may look unimpressive to the world, it’s the regular, everyday people that God tends to use to do his most important work.
As I have been growing in my Christian journey over the last year, I have found myself reading a lot more Christian books. For the most part I can come away from a book feeling like I have learnt something, and with this book I feel like I have not only learnt something new but also grown in understanding of my own views on God and my relationship with him.
Chard Bird has a fantastic way of interspersing his thoughts and teachings with wonderful stories, both personal and those he has heard from others. There are many stories dotted throughout the book and they all stand to teach us powerful lessons.
From trying to do everything in your own strength to thinking that God is only working through the rich, powerful and societal elite there are lessons a plenty to be learnt in Your God Is Too Glorious.
I know I have often used the words ‘but why would God choose me?’ when I have felt pushed to do something that I didn’t feel capable of, and I can tell you for a fact I know I’m not alone. He has called to me to do things I have never imagined in a million years I could do. Have I failed sometimes? Sure I have, but I learnt a lesson from those failures. But the stories I love are the ones where I can show you how he has pulled me from pits of deepest failure to triumph and the ways he has changed me for the better when I thought all hope was lost.
Chad tells us throughout this book that it’s the normal every day people God often uses to show us his ways his love and his grace. It could be the word given to you by a homeless woman in the street, or the wise council offered by an old oil worker. Those are the people God loves to surprise us with, those we see every day and sometimes walk past and don’t see. They are the ones God uses for his glory.
I can recount many stories of times God has spoken me through people or situations I couldn’t imagine he could work in, and those have been the moments that have had the biggest impact on my life. I have always felt that God wants us to use our everyday to inspire others to his kingdom, it’s not about the grand enormous gestures (there is nothing wrong with those) but it’s the quiet moments when you buy a friend who is struggling a meal and sit with them in silence while they cry, or the morning when you take a minute or two out of your busy day to pray for a homeless person and to offer them a warm drink in the cold weather. Those are the moments when I truly see God, in the small things and the grey moments – not in the high places of business and wealth but in the every day, going about your daily life times.
I thoroughly enjoyed Chad’s book, and it reaffirmed a lot of things for me. If you are a someone who believes God is only in the big important things, and would never use little old you for his glory then one – think again and two – get out and get your hands on a copy of Your God Is Too Glorious.
Thank you to Baker Books & NetGalley for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review.