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March 4, 2012
 

Lord’s Day Devotional and Bible Study; I AM

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Who is God?

Well, if you ask Sodom and Gomorrah, He is a punishing and destructive force (Genesis 19).

If you ask Job one day, He is an unreachable, unpleasable, unfair judge — on another day, Job acknowledges that God  can do all things, no plan of His can be thwarted, and that he spoke of things he did not understand, things too wonderful for him to know (Job 42:1-4)

If you ask Jonah, He is merciful to the wrong people, vindictive and punishing the wrong people when not obeyed (Jonah 1-4).

If you ask John the Beloved, He loves the world so much that He sent his only son to save it (John 3:16).

If you ask Abraham, He is a shield and an exceeding great reward (Genesis 15:1).

If you ask David, He is a tower, a refuge, a rock, protecting wings (Psalm 61).

If you ask Jesus, He is father. . . forsaker (Matthew 27:46) . . .ultimate savior  . . .”into thy hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46).

If you ask Moses, He is “I am” (Exodus 3:14).

God knows all about doing and being, the concept we’ve been exploring this week.  He does what He wants, and we have no right to question, because He is who He is.

Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? (Genesis 18:25)

Shall the pot question the potter? (Isaiah 29:16)

Job declared, “I place my hand over my mouth (i.e. I stop trying to tell God who He is, and allow Him to demonstrate it for Himself).” –

“It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice”. (Job 34:12).

In answer to the question, “Who is God?”  His own response is, “I am that I am”.  Present tense  — a present state of being.

Who is He to you?

Job sums it up:  “My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.” (Job 42:5)

Have you only heard of God, or have you seen Him with spiritual eyes?  He says that He will be found by those who seek Him with all their heart (Jeremiah 29:12-14).

Today, seek Him with all your heart.  Don’t approach Him with arrogant expectations of who you think He is.  Who are we to tell Him who He is?  He is. . .  Allow Him to reveal Himself to you. . . an aspect of Himself. . . if we saw the real Him in all His glory and entirety, we would die with the sheer wonder of it (Exodus 33:20), a self-combustible arrogant flash of smoke and ash.  Who are we to look on, take in, approach on our own terms, and view with a curious gawking stare the one true holy God?

Perhaps like he did for Moses, He will give us just a glimpse of His glory (Genesis 33:22).

Abba.  My soul cries out to you.  “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.  From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.  I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever; I will trust in the cover of thy wings.  Selah.  For thou, O God, hast heard my vows; thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.. . So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.” Psalm 61

To me, He is the lover of my soul, the lifter of my head (Psalm 3:3).  He is my creator, my source, my one true delight, my consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24), my ultimate destination on this journey I call life.  Indescribable, all powerful, uncontainable. . .   He is.

May you be blessed with His present presence and love this day,

If you have a moment of restful quiet today, you might ponder these extras:

  1. Read these verses and jot in your journal how God describes Himself:  Genesis 15:26, Psalm 68:5), Revelation 1:8
  2. Write down five or ten descriptors of who God is to you.
  3. Meditate on the attributes of God, wait in his presence, allow the spirit He placed within you to commune with His Spirit in the miraculous and wonderful gift of reconciliation.  He offers us that gift freely, accepting us as His precious child — if we will come to Him like a child.


About the Author

Shari Popejoy
Shari Popejoy is the author of the book Won Without Words, and the blog Won Without Words, encouragement to wives. She writes the Livingstone Library, an adventure series for young people, and the blog Oh Joy!, (injoyinc.com/oh/) for busy moms. She is a frequent contributor to Christian print and online magazines, and writes from the quiet country of the Ozarks, where she lives with her husband, Marc, and their three children. You can find out all about her at sharipopejoy.com!



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