|“From the end of the earth I call to Thee when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”1|
Wanda, who writes The Watered Soul, is one of my blogger comrades. I enjoy reading her posts because she offers insights and perspectives which often elude me. She writes with a sensitivity and passion for both God and others (believers and non-believers alike). If you’re not familiar with her blog, I encourage you to visit and see for yourself. Recently she published a post titled Pebble or Rock in which she reflects on God as my rock. The emphasis being that one can have a view of God that appears smaller in comparison to a problem.
As I read this post, I began an assessment of my own view of God and my understanding of who God is. I began to see how easy it is to limit God in my mind as a problem, situation or circumstance increases in magnitude. I also began to see that limiting God in my life means I don’t have a true understanding of what it means to be God and who God is.
How could I profess the supremacy of God while limiting His capability?
My intellectual understanding is limited but the word God implies supremacy, above all things in knowledge, power, creation, capacity, and ability. I believe that God is omnipresent even though I can’t explain how to transcend geography. I believe that God is omniscient although I cannot rationally describe how to know what is not known. I believe that God is omnipotent in spite of the fact that I cannot measure the beginning and end of His power. So my limited view of God is compensated by defining His attributes in a way that is understandable and accepted by me as true.
When I speak about God, I am referring to the supreme Self-Existent One. He lives beyond any means of being sustained; He does not require life support. He is The Living Spirit who always existed beyond the scope of time; He is The One who established time. He is The All-Powerful Being who created all things known and unknown to me; He is the Creator of creators. He is unique, for there is none like Him. He knows all to the degree that I am incapable of knowing beyond what He has revealed to me. I am limited, He is limitless. His holiness, goodness, righteousness, and love are immeasurable.
He is God.
No matter how exhaustive or limited my understanding may be of God, I must first accept what it means to be God. This goes beyond any debate on the existence of God because even the agnostic, atheist and ignorant must accept the possibility of the existence of God in order to understand what it means to be God. I see that even in denying belief in God implies an awareness of what it means to be God.
I must understand what a god has to be, in order for Him to be known by me as God.
My mind says that God is preeminent in everything; in all things known and unknown.
Since I acknowledge that God is preeminent, I admit He is superior to me and everything that pertains to me. I cannot then rule over God because He has preeminence. Since I am inferior to God, so too are the things which pertain to me. There is nothing that supersedes or exceeds God.
Why then do I allow things within my life to have preeminence?
Am I exchanging the truth of who God is by substituting a lie?
I face circumstances which demand my attention, finances, health, marriage, and family are just a few of the issues which I face daily. I must look at these things from the place of submission. I must submit these things to God if I believe he has preeminence. God must rule over my finances, health, marriage, family and all other aspects of my life; I must give Him preeminence.
If I don’t, then these things become my god because in my mind they are greater.
I’m learning that faith and trust are so critically important because in surrendering these things to the preeminence of God, I acknowledge that I need Him to sustain me in every aspect of my life.
|“The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.”2|
“There is no one holy like the Lord, Indeed, there is no one besides Thee, Nor is there any rock like our God.”3
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”4
“For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God,”5
As I contemplate my finances, I must not lose sight of my Rock, He rules my finances. When my health fails me, causing my body to feel sickness and pain, I must remember that God reigns supreme over my body; my sickness is not greater than God.
I may know a great deal or very little about God, but all I need to know is that He is God; which means, He is above everything.
The word impossible cannot restrict Him.
A dire situation cannot cast a shadow upon Him.
He is not limited by the word can’t.
He is supremely God and Godly supreme.
I put my life in His hands and trust Him with the outcome; there is nothing too great that He cannot change or that is beyond His reach. He has touched me before, I expect Him to touch me again. He is the author of miracles and the finisher of my faith. His word commands obedience but only the humble may hear His voice.
I thank you for revealing Yourself to me. I acknowledge that You have always existed and that You are the triune God, known by me as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I ask You to forgive me for allowing the circumstances in my life to appear greater than You; nothing is greater than You! I thank You that You've given me prayer as a means to communicate to You all aspects of my life. I am bringing my thoughts into captivity, I submit myself wholly to You. There is nothing that can separate the bond You've established with me through Jesus Christ. I will remember this truth and repeat it. Thank You for Your love and grace that exceeds my understanding. Your name is always before me, I will not forget You. You are holy, faithful and true. Thank You for blessing me. You continually bless my life. Thank You Jesus for establishing a new covenant and for sealing that covenant with Your blood. Thank You Holy Spirit for indwelling me with life, teaching me, leading and guiding me in truth. You are the Rock of my salvation, the stone that the builders rejected. I will praise You forever. Amen.
- Pebble or Rock, from The Watered Soul, a blog written by Wanda, October 7, 2010
- Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, By James B. Strong, S.T.D, LL.D., Riverside Book and Bible House, Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126
- Unger's Bible Dictionary, By Merrill F. Unger, Moody Press, Chicago
- The Ryrie Study Bible (New American Standard Version), Edited by Charles C. Ryrie, Moody Publishers, Chicago, Illinois, ISBN 0-8024-8920-6