We can examine God in all kinds of theologically correct ways, as we did recently when we looked at the names of God used in the Bible. The interesting thing about those names, however, is that they were generally given by people who had had an extraordinarily personal encounter with the Creator. While we study them perfunctorily, they were deeply personal to those who bestowed them.
To Abraham, whose son was spared by the unexpected appearance of a ram in the thicket, “Jehovah-Jirah” – The Lord Will Provide— was a name born of joy and thanksgiving beyond expression. You see, God had asked him to sacrifice his son Isaac as an act of obedience. He was willing to do it if God required it, but as he raised the knife to take his son’s life, Jehovah-Jirah produced an animal to take the place of this sacrificial lamb. How wonderful God was to him at that moment!
Maybe the traits of our Lord that speak most poignantly to you come from times He revealed Himself to you personally.
One of my favorite things about God is His confidence. He is unshakeable.
He knows who He is and does not depend on the ideas of others to define Him.
He is not diminished if others do not recognize Him as He knows Himself to be.
He makes up His mind to do a thing and He does it.
He makes cool, delicious lemonade from the lemons thrown by the enemy. He cannot be foiled.
Because of His confidence, I can be confident, too.
This is not always easy for me. Maybe you struggle with it, too. My view of myself flip-flops from day to day. I change my mind about the best course to take. An off-hand comment can send my plan of action into a spin. I hang back, afraid to speak up and be thought an idiot. I spend too much time wondering if I am fat. I don’t like taking photos because I’m sure that I look hideous in pictures. On and on it goes.
But, God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, are never timid. Never self-depreciating. God loves and cares for us, but He does not let our thoughts and opinions change Him. He is not a people-pleaser.
Today, as I sat in my quiet time, God’s confidence surrounded me and infused me. I was able to look at the world and all it’s craziness through His eyes. He is not surprised or taken off-guard. He is not wringing His hands and wondering what went wrong and what to do. He knows the end from the beginning and exactly where we are on that timeline. To Him, everything is on schedule and working out as He intended. No doubt. No worry.
It is because He is an immovable rock that I can say with Paul, “I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.] (Philippians 4:13 AMP)”
We got this because God’s got this. Booyah!
What amazing thing has God shown you about Himself?