header_faith

Oh My God

“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

A name is important to us. The name that we have is the way in which others identify us. If one asked where is Tom, then another would answer he is over there. The answering one knew who the asker was searching for by the name he identified his quest by. We are first know to others by the name we were given. Back in the day a name not only identified a person but also referenced an idea of who and what that person is. Perhaps if I was named according to my attributes I would have been named “Loafing Sloth.” Okay, I’m not quite that lazy, but near. When Moses was commissioned to go to Egypt and free the Israelite Nation from bondage under the Pharaoh he asked God whom he should say sent him. The Lord answered, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:14) Before the beginning God is “I am.” Throughout all time as we know that God is “I am.” His presence from before the beginning and throughout all time to the borders of eternity God is “I AM.”

My father told this story in one of his sermons and I want to share it with you. A little girl, I imagine to be about six years old, asked her mother what is God like. “Likely the little girls mind had run ahead of the question and had already constructed an answer; God is a terrible being who shoots the blinding darts of zigzag lightening and sends the thunder crashing across the sky; He is the Policeman of the world, the Supreme Spy whose eye is everywhere at once, looking, prying, searching out the naughty little things people do; He is the exacting Schoolmaster who hands out a book of rules and stands by with a stick to see that they are obeyed.” Coming from the mind of a six year old that is not a bad answer. In the context of her thought this is a good description of God. He is All-Powerful, All-Knowing, and Ever Present because He is the “I AM.”

Can we know God the “I AM?” Can we approach Him the “I AM?” Let us look at two things the Scriptures tells us, God is Love, (1 John 14:6) and God is Just. (Psalm 11:7) We cannot approach Him in this present state of our being, for we are sinful flesh. We are not as God, as He is Holy, we are sinful men and cannot stand in the presence of God. This the result of the fall in the Garden of Eden. God is a God of Love and loves For His creation. He gave His only begotten Son as the propitiation for our nature of sinful acts. If we accept the gift of His grace, His Son Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, then God sees us though Him today and someday soon in the future we will stand before Him in the righteousness of His Son Jesus. Till then we can approach Him in prayer in the name of Jesus. To me that is foremost, God is Love and God is Just and His purpose is to restore the broken relationship of man through Jesus Christ unto Him.

By His Word He brought all that there is into being. We know that God is a Spirit, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24) In Genesis we read of the creation and God spoke the heavens and the earth into being. By His word all come into being. In John 1:1 we learn that Jesus is the Word of God. Jesus in the will of God created all that there is into being. “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

God is powerful enough to create all things and therefore He is powerful enough to sustain and control all things. The Prophet Jeremiah testifies to this very truth. “Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You,” (Jeremiah 32:17) If the day that we can be in His presence is still before us, then we can know of Him by His creation. Look at the marvels of the world we live in, look unto the heavens and see the marvels of the universe above. Consider the power of the sun, the moon, and the sea. Mankind is still unable to figure the world and universe out in which he lives yet God, and only God, created it and put it into motion and sustains it. It was no small statement when Jesus said, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37) I know there are many reasons, many excuses that mankind cannot look out into the creation of God and still not see that He is the “I AM.” But it is through no fault of God whatever the reason or excuse they put forth for not believing in the Creator. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

Man was made in the image of his Creator, “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26) the “I AM.” Since then man who fell to the temptation of the serpent that he could be as God has been trying to out think God ever since. Mankind is different from the rest of creation in that we have a conscience, we have the ability to reason, and most importantly God breathed the spirit of life into us. (Genesis 2:7) This does not mean that we are as God but are formed in the image of God. Some say that we can know God by knowing ourselves. To a point I agree, we share some of the same attributes as God has. I see man as the stewards of God. “You have made him for a little while lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And have appointed him over the works of Your hands” (Hebrews 2:7) This is God’s creation and man has been given the privilege and responsibility to have dominion over His creation.

This in no way means that we are near equal to God. That is a preposterous thought. Yet, there have been some in this world who think and act as if they were equal or better than God. This is not a new actuality as the Prophet Isaiah was told, “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me” (Isaiah 46:9) It should be a simple truth that man cannot possibly understand the thoughts of God as he lacks the knowledge and wisdom to comprehend His creation. Man barely knows from where he has come, which could be why we constantly repeat our own mistakes. Most men do not have the vision to know to where they are going. Who knows what the future holds, who would put the extent of their wealth upon it. Some say that would be living on faith but it is not faith it is foolishness. Only the “I AM” knows the end from the beginning. “For He looks to the ends of the earth And sees everything under the heavens.” (Job 28:24)

Because God is before the beginning and traverses the borders of eternity He sees the tapestry in the completeness of His entire creation. Man only sees a wisp and then he is gone. Therefore, man cannot believe that he could possess the knowledge and wisdom that an All-knowing God has and cannot even think as God. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)

If God is before the beginning and traverses the borders of eternity He sees the tapestry in the completeness of His entire creation, then God is ever present through all of time, which is eternal. He was at the border of eternity prior to this moment we are in and He is at the border of eternity beyond this moment we are in. And know that God is everywhere in between. “Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the LORD, He is God in heaven above and on the earth below; there is no other.” (Deuteronomy 4:39) There is no place that He is not and there is no place that we can be that He is not. God is closer than the air we breathe and the only distance between us and God is the distance of the rejection of His presence in our heart. “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.” (Psalm 139:7-8) To some this is a great anxiety and to others this is of no difference. To the anxious it is a worry because they cannot hide their evil thoughts and depraved plans tucked deep within their darkened heart.

To those who have become totally blind to the truth by their rejection of God’s Word. By their apathy they have given Satan a door way into their heart and he has created a stronghold upon them. “In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) Much prayer is needed on their behalf for God’s great mercy to tear down the blinders and awaken their heart to His truths. God is with the wicked as well as the righteous. God knows the coming and going of every man, of every creature, and of all His creation. He is aware of the fallen sate of man and has made provision for them through His Son Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Jesus is ever standing at the door to each heart knocking, praying, and hoping that a repentant soul will surrender his heart to the loving will of the Father.

To the believer in Jesus Christ the Ever Present “I AM” brings the fear and reverent respect for an Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent God. This is peace! Peace is not the absence of noise, nor is it the absence of conflict, Peace is a right relationship with God. The Christian shall know the peace and security of God’s presence. “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.” (Psalm 46:1-3) It is the Christian who knows the meaning of life, the purpose of life, the abundance of life, and has the life eternal in the loving arms of their eternal heavenly Father. (John 10:10)

There is a confidence in the hope that the Christian has through their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not as the world gives hope which in reality in not much more that a wish, but it is a surety, as God’s Word is absolute truth. The Christian has been set apart in the truth of God’s Word. “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” (John 17:17) Our hope through Jesus Christ is a surety because God is in control of the universes, His Word is the power of the universe. God does not only know the end form the beginning, He has declared the end form the beginning according to His purpose. It is not circumstance, not what may be, it is what will be, as He is the “I AM.” “Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure.” (Isaiah 46:10)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

Pleasant Manor March 1, 2015

wordpress analytics

Advertisements