Friday, 27 October 2017

Devotional Tea 2: My God is "I Am"

Scripture: Exodus 3:13-15 (TLB)

But Moses asked, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them that their fathers’ God has sent me, they will ask, ‘Which God are you talking about?’ What shall I tell them?” “‘The Sovereign God,’” was the reply. “Just say, ‘I Am has sent me!’ Yes, tell them, ‘Jehovah, the God of your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has sent me to you.’ (This is my eternal name, to be used throughout all generations.)

Meditation:
"Teach that God is, not was; that He speaketh, not spake." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
I am glad to know my God is not the “I WAS” God, nor is He the “I WILL BE.” He is the “I AM THAT I AM” God. He is a God who is ever-present to answer to His name and to everyone who calls out to Him in spirit and in truth. He is not limited to the things He did in time past. He wants to do much more if only we will press into Him for it.

Lazy minds seek to build monuments and idolize the great events and people of the past, without moving a needle to rise on their shoulders. The limit of their glory is an association to a god that was. Their religion is limited to a false “I WAS” god. Of such Paul writes, “they have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof.” [2 Timothy 3:5]

And, their counterparts, the slothful live in a perpetual fantasy of a future to come. Their god is the “I WILL BE” god – a god who is powerless and useless in the daily affairs of their life, but only promises them a future. These are the “holier than thou,” who are earthly useless. Their whole focus is on a world to come, with no bearing as to the reason why they are here and now.

Not so is Jehovah, the Eternal One – the one who was, is, and is to come. A God who is near is He, {Jeremiah 23:23; Psalm 145:18; Deuteronomy 4:7}, not a God who is far. He is a God who walks the journey with His children, every step of the way. [Exodus 33:14; Deuteronomy 31:6-8; Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 13:5]

He seeks to show Himself strong on the behalf of His own, not only in the past, nor only in their future, but far much more in the very present continuous pilgrimage. [2 Chronicles 16:9] That is the God I proudly serve. He is not a relic. He is not a phantom of my imagination. He is evident in all that I do, all that I say, and all that I touch. [Acts 17:28] Do you know Him?

Further Reading: John 8:48-59; Joshua 1:1-5; Mark 12:26-27; Matthew 23:29-39

Prayer: Lord, teach me to follow. May I never be satisfied with anything other than you and your presence in my life.

© 2017 Akin Akinbodunse


Links to Series:
Devotional Tea 1: Run with the Word; Don't Stop!
Devotional Tea 3: Make us a god


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