“Who do you say that I am?”
Jesus asked this of His disciples. It depends on our answer as to who we identify Him as and how we subsequently identify ourselves.
Similarly with God who says “I Am ,” indicating Him to be named totally on His terms.
We have to allow God to be God.
The size, weight and authority.Glory, power, majesty and fire can be lost in the over familiar names both of Abba and Jesus.
Intimacy is entwined with reverence to create in us a fear of God and the Lord and for us to steward Them well.
We all fall short and guilty of too easily taking control and asking of them in prayer for outcomes of our own thinking and making.
As well meaning as this may feel we loose sight of the superior, expansive space God needs to be God in control and us partnering alongside surrendered.
God May then have to take Himself higher and graciously wait for us in His mercy.
He rescues us from our smallness but never condemns.
He has to patiently deny us of our limited, shrunk, small thinking and our want to be in control.
He has a solution to every issue we are empowered when we ask Him and partner with Him to steward the solution.
His will fulfilled and we are not left disappointed.
Whilst relationship is key reinforcing our reverence, respect and honour are likewise.
Using the model of how Jesus, in His incarnation, prayed to His Father had Holy, Righteous and Hallowed also on His lips.
Reverence that placed Him powerfully in His domain.
Jesus was set apart from the historical person who was in the world as man from the familiarity or cominanity of that name to be called Christ and Messiah.
Whilst others in the gospels called Him teacher or Lord in recognition of His identity to them in that duration.
Perhaps in some prayer the name Jesus is not enough to identify and represent His full authority.
We call more upon the Christ (anointed one with power), Lord, Saviour.
The full sense of His identity releases, healing, power and our own identity too in Him.
Both God and Christ are divine, sacred anointed and able to be a solution.
God does not come to us on our terms and mould Himself to us on our terms.
Our approach and expectation may squander good plans and miss opportunities because we still display our approach of control and lack of surrender, our hold is too tight our expanse too limited.
We have not begun to know what God can do when God is allowed to be God.
The illustration shows The majestic eye of God seeing all before Him within His power to move and change compared to the scale and size that the mountains appear before our eye looking up unable to see over or through even the smallest. The awe and wonder at the expanse of What God can control and bring order to and push back the darkness from.
Five Scriptures that come to mind:
“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?””Matthew 16:15 ESV
“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.”Isaiah 30:18 ESV
“Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified. Acts 2:36, ESV
“By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,”1 John 4:2 ESV
“For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.””Romans 10:13 ESV
The song God Who Moves the Mountains. Corey Voss