I’m truly amazed at the God that we serve! A God full of majesty, sovereignty and completely Omniscient. There is none like Him, I’m not like Him, your not like Him, the Psalms says, Who is like the LORD our God, Who dwells on high, the answer is No One! God is Holy and all powerful, He dwells in unapproachable light,
Revelations 4:3 states: And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. The very rainbow that encompasses His throne is the wonderful bow that He hung in our sky as a promise to never flood the earth.
He has a company of flying creatures singing a constant chorus of “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, is the Lord of hosts the whole earth is full of His glory.” His train fills the temple, this temple that the Lord of Hosts dwells in is high and lifted up, and His glorious train fills the temple, back and forth, layers upon layers of His majestic train. Again…Who is like the Lord?
My heart nearly breaks forth with astonishment as I think of the God laying aside His train and His glory to come to this earth and dwell with men as a lowly carpenter. The wonderful creator who loves us so much that He meets us right where we are. He calls us in a none stop chorus of love “Come unto me, all ye that labors and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Constantly calling us unto Him and into the Holy of Holies.
We are a very heavy laden people who carry upon our backs the burden of sin and the multiple suitcases of generational sins from our parents and grandparents. The shame and guilt weighs on us as we enter our churches with broken spirits and hidden addictions that we would be mortified if any one found out about. Sin has become more of a cross to bare, it is our silent prison and we don’t know how to get a hold of the keys.
I praise God for His mercy and Love, there is none like Him my dear loved one. I assure you this is the same Jesus that hung on the cross and took all of the baggage that we carry around, that sin and shame that we return to over and over again belongs to Him because He died for it.
Some how we have a picture of God leaning against the gate of our despair with His arms crossed tapping His toe as He sternly ask, “how did you get your self in this mess?” “Haven’t we been over this?”
Because of this false view of our God we stay trapped in our unrighteous living.
Oh, but dear ones our God is not like that, not at all, He longs for us to come to Him with all our sin and shame. Broken before Him with nothing at all to offer but our mess of a life.
Our God is like the father who waits with out stretched arms, as the prodigal runs to Him with pig dung stuck to the bottom of his sandals.
He is the Father who stands before the woman caught in adultery, as He gently tucks a strained of tear stained hair behind her ear and asks with a compassion that pierces the very souls of her accusers, “ Who hear condemns you?” With a whisper that only He who saves can hear she musters “No one.” Taking her hand he says, with an assuring confidence of the cross before Him. “Then neither do I, go and sin no more.”
He is the loving father who meets the woman at the well, a woman with a hole in her heart as deep as the well she was drawing from. There He offered her a living water that would fill her to the brim so she could go and thirst no more for the affections of many husbands.
This same God of glory meets a few of His disciples on the beach and brakes bread with them as He passionately, with a love that staggers the mind ask Peter “Do you love me?” Knowing the shame and guilt that Peter carried around after denying Him three times, and three times Peter answered “Yes Lord, I love You !”
How gracious is our Lord to leave what He had always known for us, to come and die on the cross knowing that was the only way to save us from our sinful desires. We do not have to be stuck in our lives of constant sin, we can be free as Christ has proclaimed.
Lord, how much do you love us, more than words can say. How merciful you are as we who are so far from wanting you or wanting any thing to do with righteousness are sweetly called into thy presence.
We are like frightened abused children hiding away in the dark, clutching our rage and sin, like a toddlers security blanket. The one thing that has protected our hearts for so long is the one thing that You want. Again, with a patience that astounds me, You wait for us to give them over.
Repentance begins with a heart that sees the sin and believes with everything that is true, that it is wrong. Crying out with a heart wrenching cry “ Lord Jesus please help me, take this from me, I don’t want it anymore, change my heart Lord.
Only God can deliver us from our addictions, only He can free us from those secret prisons because He is the only one who holds the keys.
Tammy Anne Hopkins
July 5, 2009
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