GOD IS

GOD IS                                                                                                                                                     Andy Hollifield   7-21-17

 

Genesis 21:22 ….God is with thee in all that thou doest.

Deuteronomy 4:31 (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee…

Deuteronomy 20:4 For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

2 Samuel 22:33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.

2 Chronicles 30:9 …..for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.

Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

I have to stop right there with the scripture. There are 157 times that the phrase “God is” is used in the bible. The phrase “the Lord is” is used 159 times and the phrase “the Lord God is” is used 3 times. The phrase “our God is” is used 14 times. That is 333 times that God is described as to what and who he “is” and that is not nearly all of them. He is also good, faithful, the personification of love, ever abiding, near to all those that call upon him, our judge, jealous, a God of wrath as well as mercy, and the list goes on and on. I am thankful most of all that he is our salvation and our hope. Without him, we would have neither. Our God is righteous and he is also a consuming fire. Country music legend and songwriter Don Williams sang a song that said “he’s my bread when I’m hungry, he my shelter from troubled winds. He’s my anchor in life’s ocean, but most of all he’s my best friend.” Sometimes we can lose site of that when we are being battered by the storms of life. I am glad that like the bible says in Hebrews 6:19 “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…” The previous verse speaks of it being “impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us. It say in those 2 verses that he is both our refuge and our anchor. If we would only learn to drop anchor when we get to our refuge, we wouldn’t get battered so much by the storms of life. As far as never being alone goes, the Psalmist said in Psalms 27:10 “When my mother and father forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” In verse 1 of that chapter he asked this question: “of whom shall I be afraid?” In Psalms 3:3 he said “But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.” There is just no end to what God will be for us when we need it. As the hymn writer so simply but eloquently put it, “he is all I need.” Many have been the time that I needed some defence against the enemy and God has been my shield. Countless times, in the midst of discouragement, disappointment, and doubt, he has lifted up my head. Even on my best days I know that any glory I have is in him. I am only flesh and God knows that. But I am the one he gave his Son to save. I was the lost wandering sheep that he left the flock to find. I am glad that he cares enough to come looking for me. I just can’t help but think though, when I have been disappointed with family or friends, how that God puts his arm around me and gently whispers “I am right here. I haven’t left you.” What comfort and peace that he brings when he speaks in that still small voice. In my mind, I can imagine Elijah in the cave as a fugitive, scared and alone, and with every great loud sound, feeling more and more desperate and deserted. BUT then, he hears that still small voice and immediately covers himself with his mantle in fear and reverence to almighty God. Have you ever been there? Then, God allowed him to make his case as to why he just wanted to die. After hearing his complaint, God gently began to correct him and let him know that he wasn’t alone and that just because he had been threatened didn’t mean his work was done. I had a loving father like that in my dad. He always let me state my case and then he would refute my facts and give me instructions as to what I was supposed to do. I often suffered consequences for the things I had done but upon my admission of guilt, and submission to his authority, the fellowship we had prior to my disobedience was restored. I don’t know if my dad operated like that knowing God had provided that example or not. I believe he just sought God’s wisdom in every situation and God never let him down. If my earthly father treated me with that kind of tender, loving, care, and respect, why would I ever think that my heavenly Father would do any less?

There was another songwriter put it this way, “he loves me like I was his only child.” I am thankful that I have never had to wait in line for his attention. He is always attentive to my cry. Just as a parent knows the cry of their child and knows just what it means; so is our heavenly Father’s knowledge and care of us. He knows what we need before we do and he is never wrong. Sometimes it is tender mercies that we need and sometimes a shoulder to cry on and other times somewhere to run, a refuge, when the storms of life are closing in on us. Sometimes it’s more strength and always it is his grace. When our soul is overwhelmed within us, as the psalmist said in 142:3, he knows our path. In verse 4, when we look around and see that we are standing alone, all of our friends having forsook us, and no man cares for our soul, and refuge fails us, he gives us peace. Philippians 4:7 says, “…and the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Not peace as the world giveth (John 14:27) but his peace. The kind that lets you know that you needn’t be afraid or troubled. The kind that lets you dine at God’s table right in the midst of the enemy. Peace that you can’t understand how you can have it in your particular situation, but nevertheless you do. The kind that will keep your heart and mind if you let it by submitting yourself to him.

I guess I have to stop somewhere because as the writer said in John 21:25, “many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” All you can say is “HE IS…” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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