Friday, February 17, 2006

Simply Astounding...

I was reminded of something simply astounding this morning (thus the title for the post...haha). To some of you this may mean nothing; to others this may impact you as much as it did me. Either way, I want you all to think about it and meditate on it after you read this:

As Christians, we all pray to the God of the Bible.

Dwell on that for a moment. Think about the fact that when you get on your knees, stand and raise your hands, lay in your bed before you sleep, bow your head at church or wherever--the words and meditations you bring before the God of your hearts are being brought before the same God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.

"'I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' Then Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God." -Exodus 3:6

Moses was afraid to look at God after hearing these words. He was in the presence of God Almighty, the God of men who lived hundreds of years before him. It is also in this chapter where Moses asks the question to God, "'Now they may say to me, "What is His name?" What shall I say to them?'" And God replied to Moses with the eternal words, "I AM WHO I AM" and again, "I AM has sent me to you" (v. 14).

He is the great I AM. The words here apply just as much to us in this day as they did to Moses on that mountain thousands of years ago!

How could this not be simply astounding to us all who come before God in prayer? In mentioning the names Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, a flood of history passes through our minds, and I believe this is the intention of God with His people. Moses hid his face from God after hearing these names because he knew he was in the presence of the Living God, but the Israelites had yet to experience some of the greatest miracles ever recorded in the Bible. Yet the Old Testament is filled words from the prophets and God Himself telling His people to remember who He is and what He has done for them. Why? Because we are not simply astounded all the time; we forget about the history of our God, the God who eternally is.

But as Christians we still pray to the God of the Bible

When we are praying to Him, in whatever posture physically, are we coming before Him with a posture spiritually that recalls who God really is--the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and not stopping there, but also the God of Moses, of David, Solomon, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, John the Baptist, the apostles, Paul? So many other names could be listed, for He is the God of everyone who has ever lived, but these names should elicit a reverence for the God who used all of them to reveal His perfect and masterful plan of redemption through His Son, Jesus Christ and ultimately the final and eternal establishment of His Kingdom!

"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."

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