WHO IS THIS?
Psa. 18:31 For who is God, but the LORD?
And who is a rock, except our God,
You know what amazes me; how people can talk so confidently about their understanding of God. Really? You understand the incomprehensible? Some have this eternal, infinite God so figured out that they have Him categorized and filed away. How can anyone understand the eternity of God? How can someone never have a beginning? How could God always be? Where did He come from? What about His omnipotence? How can any power be unlimited? That’s why Jesus was so disturbed at the Pharisees. They spoke with arrogant confidence about The Lord. When He stood right in front of them they did not recognize Him. They were blind by their take on what God was like. Augustine has a way of blowing away this kind of bondage. His grasp of the eternal is breathtaking. Here is a quote from Augustine’s “Confessions”.
“What, then, is the God I worship? He can be none but The Lord God Himself, for who but The Lord is God? What other refuge can there be, except our God? You, my God, are supreme, utmost in goodness, mightiest and all powerful, most merciful and most just. You are the most hidden from us and yet the most present among us, the most beautiful and yet the most strong, ever enduring and yet we cannot comprehend you. You are unchangeable and yet you change all things. You are never new, never old, yet all things have new life from you. You are the unseen power that brings decline upon the proud. You are ever active, yet always at rest. You gather all things unto Yourself though you suffer no need. You support, You fill, and You protect all things. You create them, nourish them, and bring them to perfection. You seek to make them Your own, though You lack for nothing.”
I love this, “You are the most hidden from us and yet the most present among us”. That’s the shocking thing about The Lord, He opens our eyes to His nearness to us and we are blown away. Not only is He here, He has always been here. All of the times I worried and fretted over my circumstances He was right there. Always present, always caring, and always orchestrating the events of my life.
Then there is this statement, “You are never new, never old, yet all things have new life from You”. He is always making all things new. He is the Creator, He is life itself. Like He told Mary outside of Lazarus’ tomb, “I am the resurrection and the life”. He is life itself. He always has been, always will be. Everything He touches is effected with life: creative life; resurrection life. So if something has died in your life or if you just feel dead. Maybe you feel like God is irrelevant and very far away. Look to Him again. Look to Him in the person, Jesus Christ. Like Mary and Lazarus discovered, He still makes all things new.