I’m learning to take God out of the proverbial box. Oh, don’t get me wrong. It’s a beautiful box. Some might call it spectacular – after all, only the finest will do for the Creator of the Universe.
But it’s a box, nonetheless.
Maybe I’m the box.
Now, that’s a thought. The Spirit of God lives within me because of Jesus, right? So, subconsciously, do I filter God’s greatness through my own frailties? Do you?
Moses mistakenly put God in a box. I also believe, like us, he saw God through his own limitations. Why? Because the Lord appointed Moses as the great deliverer of His people, choosing him to go before Pharaoh and tell him, “Let my people go!”, but Moses questioned God’s plan.
To say Moses was a reluctant participant is an understatement.
I can just see me….ummm, Moses. Ahem!….standing there with hands on his hips shouting to the sky, “You want me to do what, Lord?! I can’t do that. And, oh yeah, after I get your children out of bondage, who am I supposed to tell them sent me? Huh?” (Yes, I think Moses was a bit sassy, too. That’s because he walked closely with God. Even so, Moses never forgot the holiness of God.)
“And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’ And He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, “I AM has sent me to you.”‘” ~ Exodus 3:14
I’ve heard this explained as “I AM whatever you need Me to be.” Or think of it this way, “If you have a need, I have a Name”.
Oh my goodness. His Name. His Name declares His character and attributes. His Name is the embodiment of Who God is.
El Shaddai ~ The All-Sufficient One, the Caregiver
El Elyon ~ The God Most High
Adonai ~ Lord, Master
Jehovah-jireh ~ The Lord Will Provide
Jehovah-raah ~ The Lord my Shepherd
Jehovah-rapha ~ The Lord Who Heals
Jehovah-shammah ~ The Lord is There
Jehovah-shalom ~ The Lord is Peace
Jehovah-mekoddishkem ~ The Lord Who Sanctifies You
El Roi ~ The God Who Sees
Do you have a need? I have a Name.
His Name is Jesus. He is God with skin on.
Father, Open our eyes that we might see and know Your greatness. You are above all comprehension and yet You know us by name. You know our weaknesses, our fears, our joys. And You care. You care so much that, at times, it baffles me. You, Lord, are the perfect answer to our prayers. You are our reward, our greatest blessing. Before we know what it is we are lacking, You, in Your love have already filled the void. Thank You. Thank You for Your faithfulness and for Your intentional mercy. You are a mighty God. I love You.
If you received Morning Glory via email, please visit the Morning Glory page to be blessed beyond measure. I’m featuring one of my all-time favorites, “There’s Something About That Name”. It’s a video of Bill and Gloria Gaither leading an entire auditorium of believers lifting up the Name of Jesus. I wore out a rocking chair singing this song to my babies. I kid you not.