12 Awesome Reminders from ‘Evan Almighty’

| September 1, 2014

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Just the other day, I caught the Hollywood film ‘Evan Almighty’ for the 327th time, or something like that, as it was played on TV. Even though I’ve watched this movie countless times, it never fails to encourage and remind me of Godly principles. And on this 327th time, it really hit me hard and I felt compelled to just summarize the various lessons we can learn about God and how He deals us from this movie. I think that just watching it being played out on screen has a more profound effect on us rather than just reading it from a book.

1. ‘Why me?’

Why Morgan Freeman, who plays God, appears to Evan and convinces him that He is indeed God and wants Evan to build an ark, Evan asks the age-old question, ‘why me?’. God reminded Evan that he wanted to change the world and so did God. If you think that it precludes you, as you’ve never really wanted or prayed to change the world, then think again. We are all called to be salt and light of this world. We are created and put here on earth for the very purpose of making a difference. Otherwise, we will all be in heaven right now. Whether you acknowledge it or not, you and I all have divine purposes imprinted on our lives. The question is whether are we living our lives to fulfill them.

2. ‘Why an ark???’

Evan questions God and asks God if He is going to send a flood again. To which, ‘God’ answers, ‘whatever I do, I do because I love you’. We can never hope to fully appreciate the plans that God has set into motion through our lives and many times, we don’t understand why God is doing something or not doing something in our lives. It just doesn’t make sense. Building an ark in the middle of a dessert during Noah’s days is as stupid an idea as it can ever get.

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
– Isa 55:9

I believe that God doesn’t expect us to understand everything He puts us through. But He does expect us to have faith and to be obedient. We must cling on to His words and believe it with all our hearts despite how much the circumstances around us seem to contradict it. And we must be willing to follow and do what He has instructed us to do.

3. This is not what I had planned!

This is a really hilarious part where Evan complains to God that building an ark conflicts with his own plans. To which, ‘God’ laughs heartily and in great amusement. While I don’t believe that God will belittle or mock us, but I believe that many times God sees our own man-made plans and just wants to tell us “I’ve got something so much more awesome and spectacular for you!”. We tend to put our plans our top priorities in our lives, we need to earn a living, buy a home, save for our children’s education, blah blah blah. But we forget that our plans pale in comparison to what God has in stored for us.

What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”, the things God has prepared for those who love him.
– 1 Cor 2:6

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
– Eph 3:20

4. Whatever God does, it’s because He love us.

You say you believe that, but do you really? Because if we truly believe that, then no hardship or obstacle will stand in our way. We will always be able to rest in assurance that everything is going to work out despite our circumstances. We need to keep reminding ourselves that God loves us and He will never allow anything to befall us that will not make us better people.

5. God helps us and guides us what to say when we are doing His will.

When Evan grumbles again to God that he has no idea how to build an ark, Morgan gave Evan a book titled ‘Ark building for dummies’. And ‘God’ instructs Evan to tell anyone who asks, ‘a flood is coming’. God does not leave us to fend for ourselves when He calls us to work.

6. God does not hand-hold us, He demands faith.

While our Father in heaven loves us with an everlasting love, He expects us to exercise all the abilities and faith that we have to do His work. Sure, He could have guided Evan step by step on how to build an ark. But He doesn’t, because He knows that He has given us enough to work with and the rest we need to rely on faith.

7. God creates opportunities for us to be moulded.

This is probably one of the most powerful scenes of the movie. When Evan’s wife is frustrated with Evan’s seeming foolishness at building an ark, ‘God’ appears to her in the form of a waiter. And He reminds her that everything happens for a reason and it is up to us if our circumstances are going to shape us positively or negatively. We can go through our struggles and pain with a closed spirit that fights what God is trying to accomplish in our lives or we can flow with the Spirit and allow ourselves to be changed for the better.

8. Be obedient and leave the results to God.

Evan was really disappointed when no rain seemed to be falling on the appointed day and he cries out to God, ‘is it too much to ask for a little precipitation?’. He had finished building the ark and he expected a flood. His wife wisely reminds him that all God asked was for him to build the ark. We all have fixed ideas on what should happen when we doing something, always forgetting that He ultimately decides what happens. We are just called to be obedient and do the work and leave the results to Him. We are all called to sow the seeds, but only God can make them grow. Remember that. JUST KEEP SOWING BECAUSE THAT IS ALL YOU ARE EXPECTED TO DO.

9. Again, leave the results to Him.

While this is a comedic play for Hollywood to bring rain, but only for a very short moment, it again reminds us that results are in God’s domain, not ours. Do not try to fit God into our extremely-limited ideas of what He should be doing.

10. Hold on to your faith and what God has imprinted on our heart.

Evan believed with all his heart that something was going to happen. Despite the short spell of rain, people mocking him and things do not appear to have any chance of improving, he just felt in his heart that God was going to do something. Many times, God convicts us on the inside instead of a loud booming voice or in this case, appearing to Evan in the form of Morgan Freeman. If God has convicted your heart and spirit, have faith and believe.

11. When God moves, He moves.

God does not need us to defend His plans. And when it is time for Him to move, you can be sure that people all around will know it.

12. God celebrates and rejoices with us when we partner with Him to accomplish His purposes.

The desire in everyone of God’s children should be to hear those words by our loving Father, ‘Well done good and faithful servant!’. Do you long to hear that from your heavenly Father? Are you working towards receiving that praise? And when we do hear those words, you can be assured that the whole host of heaven are also rejoicing along with us when the seeds we sow begin to grow and bear fruits. That is all that matters.

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I have been a follower of Christ for more than 20 years now. Started from a Methodist church, then went on to a few charasmatic churches and again back to a Methodist church now. Thus I have experienced and seen a wide flavor of different denominations. Personally, I consider myself non-denominational as I can worship in many different styles. The important thing is that I follow the gospel and love Jesus. I am currently serving as a musician and a worship leader in my church. I believe that my calling is to help others enter into the presence of God through worship. I also enjoy teaching and discipling other believers, which is the main reason why this site was started. I hope to find other believers to join me in this cause to reach out and encourage other believers.

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