“John was found nearby [the cross] when human reasoning implied his faithful Leader’s mission had failed. He could not have comprehended that the plan of the ages was going perfectly. Yet he remained…
Then comes the question: Will we walk away from Jesus when from human understanding He looks weak and defeated?
What do we do when we can’t explain what Jesus is doing? Will we remain nearby when He hasn’t stopped a tragedy? When based on early evidence, human reasoning is left to one or two harrowing conclusions: He is either mean or weak. Think, beloved, about what I am saying. Will we cling when our human reasoning implies evil has defeated Him? Or that evil seems to be found in Him? Will we stand by faith when human logic says to run? That’s what will make us different.” -Beth Moore, The Beloved Disciple
One of my favorite descriptions of God is “I Am.” There is just such power and finality in that. There is no possible counter-argument when God describes Himself that way, is there? It makes me smile with awe. (I’ll just leave it at awe, because for some reason the late hour is having me want to finish that sentence by saying, “…awe and props. Like, y’know, ‘Yo, God. Way to do You!'” and “thug” isn’t really the tone I’m going for here. ;-)). God IS.
Hallelujah that He IS!
Because He is, we are not limited by our own weaknesses. Because He is, it is not us against life. Because He is, we don’t need to be afraid of what may come. Because He is, we can trust that all of our pain will have a purpose. Because He is, we can have peace, knowing we are in His Almighty hands. Because He is, we are never alone. We are never unseen or unloved. We are never forgotten about. Because He is, we can be bold and confident–and not in ourselves, but in the God who goes with us. The God who gave us life. The God who knit us together in our mothers’ womb. We were purposefully and thoughtfully designed by The Creator. And not only can we rest assured in that, but also in the truth that He walks with us.
Lord, help us to know how very powerful we truly are. Help us to never become so blinded by life that we forget there is so much more than what is right in front of our faces. There is so much more than what we are so familiar with. Shatter or false perspectives on life, Lord. Help us see things, and ourselves, the way You see us. Help us to rise up, Lord, a nation of people who are bold with the knowledge that they are YOURS.
Help us to remember, Lord, know that the battle and the victory belong to You.
Lord, help me maintain proper reverence for You. While I pray to grow increasingly more in love with You, I pray that my comfort and familiarity with You will never cloud out the truth that You ARE. Lord, help my reverence for You grow in proportion with my love for You. Help me not forget that You are Lamb, yes, but You are also Lion. Help me to remember that yes, You count my tears, but You also have a voice that can rattle the heavens and take all living things to tremble in awe.
Thank You, Lord, that You are unfathomably big. And thank You that we can rest in the comfort (yes, comfort!) of knowing that there is so more to this life than what we can understand right now and that, from Your perspective, everything is unfolding as it should. From Your heavenly perspective, it all makes sense. All is well.