Living In Loving Intimacy With An Awesome God
February 27, 2015
“ ‘To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?’ says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing.” -Isaiah 40:25-26 (NKJV)
“…For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” -Hebrews 13: 5b (NKJV)
Often when we come together for congregational worship, we begin our period of “devotion and praise ” with songs like “Our God Is An Awesome God”, “What A Mighty God We Serve” or “How Great Thou Art”. The intent of such songs in our worship experience is to remind us of both the power and presence of the God we serve and to realize that He invites us to live in an on-going divine intimacy with Him. During this period of our Worship Service, we often experience a deep sense of God’s power, presence and peace in our soul. Regardless of what we are going through on life’s uneven journey, God wants us to know He is our God and we are His people. When reading Isaiah 40:25-31, I often experience an intimacy with God. Each time I read these verses my heart is encouraged as I seek to walk faithfully with God as I travel through the difficult places of this journey.
In Isaiah 40, often referred to as the first chapter in “The Good News of Isaiah”, God tells Isaiah to tell Israel that He has brought an end to their suffering in exile. As such, God desires to invite Israel back into an intimate relationship with Him. As a part of God’s preparing Israel’s heart to fully trust and embrace Him as their God, He invites them to understand both His sovereignty and His love for them as His people. In verse 25 God raises a question regarding His sovereignty for Israel to consider. God asks Israel, “To whom will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal? God’s question was designed to cause Israel to reflect on their relationship with Him as “The Holy God” who continued to love them and the sovereign God who they could trust as they followed after Him in faith. There was only one answer that Israel could give to God’s question, “No one.” In verse 26, God uses creation to further emphasizes His power. God tells Israel to look at the heaven and see the number of stars that were beyond their capacity to count, and yet God knew each one by name. And even more, when He called the name of each star, that star would answer and He would not make one mistake as He summoned each star to respond to His sovereign call! What A Mighty God We Serve! God wanted Israel to know that He could and would meet their every need as they followed Him in faith.
The Writer of The Epistle to the Hebrews gives the same divine assurance to all who claim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives that God gave to Israel. As we trust God with our lives, regardless of the trials of life and faith that come with following Jesus Christ over life’s uneven journey, God has promised to “Never leave us nor forsake us.” God invites all who claim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives to know that He loves us and we can trust Him with our lives. God invites us to live in “loving intimacy” with Him. What a wonderful place to be in our mind, heart and spirit as we seek to serve the Lord.
Prayer: Almighty God, as we seek to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ amidst the trials of life and faith, help us to know that You are the true and living God and You will never leave us nor forsake us. Strengthen our minds, hearts and spirits to that end. In Jesus name we pray. (Amen.)
Rev. Larron D. Jackson, D.Min.
ABCRM Missions & Ministry Coach