Friday, January 20, 2012

Exceedingly Abundantly


After a little bit digging for my "short" post a few days ago that was not so short, today I promise it will be short.  I do not have much of a message today other than to give you something to ponder in your hearts. 

Sometimes I think we lose who God is in the words we make up to try to describe Him.  I had an instance yesterday of such a tremendous blessing of God that I was at a loss for words.  I was also thinking that all the words I used to describe God were used to describe other things in the world.  How many times have we used wonderful, amazing, awesome (which technically should only refer to God), good, great, indescribable, etc to describe everyday things such as really good buffalo wings, a roller coaster we rode on, a trip we had, or as an expression of inappropriate or lustful thoughts?  I am sure we are guilty of that, I am sure very few, if any, of us have a word we reserve only for God.  Even so-called religious words like glorious we have used to describe a really nice day or a feeling we are having.  We know God deserves all the glory yet we ascribe glory to other things.  I am not saying it is wrong, we are not committing idolatry or anything like that, it is just an result of the misuse of language that has become commonplace. 

Then I was thinking of what I can call God that would represent all that He is.  I was at a loss for what I can call God that I haven't used to describe a really good slice of pizza.  Every adjective I could think of I have already used and I just did not think it was fair to use the same word to describe the Creator that I have used for part of His creation.  God can never be described with the same word I would use for a slice of pizza.  God is in a category all His own.  Perhaps I am over-thinking, but it just seemed trite put Him the same category of something else.  I could have made up a new word or used an online thesaurus to find a word that I have never used before, but even that did not seem adequate. 

Then after struggling a bit, it finally came to me.  It is not that I did not have a word, it is just that the word has become commonplace and not one I really pondered as I spoke it.  While it is true that God is good, great, amazing, awesome, wonderful, glorious, indescribably, and every other positive adjective you can ever come up with, they do not encompass all that He is.  One word does, though, and I hope you all take the time to rediscover the meaning of such a simple word.  The word I am thinking of is not His name, but what we generally call Him.  The word I am thinking of is God.  The only word that encompasses all that He is is "God." 

Perhaps it may sound redundant to explain that God is God, but think about it for a minute.  God has become what we call Him (even though it is who He is, not His name), but I do not think we take the time to contemplate what we are saying.  God (what we call Him) is God (who He is).  Meditate on the latter and it will all come into focus.  Meditate on God not as the name we call Him but as the substance of what He is.  Think about the meaning of God as more than just a name.  Think about God and all those three letters encompass.  When you call out to God or pray to Him do not just gloss over using the word God to address Him, think of the weight of that word and all that it means, then think on just how much He loves you.  He showed me that yesterday, a kind of blessing that was tremendous as much as it was unexpected.  Despite my imperfections, despite my failures, and despite even my grumblings earlier in the week, God loves me.  If you are in Christ, God loves you just the same.  If you are not in Christ, God loved you enough to send His son to die for you if only you would accept that gift. 

God is God, three simple words that we could lose ourselves in trying to comprehend.  Lose yourself today and meditate on God, not just as what we call Him, but on what it means for your lives.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:20-21 NKJV

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