Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mighty God

“Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”
Here's my GRAND-son, Jack, singing,
My God is so good,
So strong and so mighty,
There is nothing my God cannot do.
I love singing this song and doing the hand motions with him. Above he is demonstrating the second line, so strong and so mighty. I love the way songs speak truth to children. That’s who I am—a child of God.

Earlier this month I was pondering Genesis 3 and Eve’s conversation with the serpent. Eve accurately communicated to the serpent what God had communicated to her. Genesis 3:3 echoes Genesis 2:17. Eve knew the truth. Apparently she didn’t trust the truth and so she did not experience it. Her Mighty God could have rescued her from the serpent.

Jesus also encountered the devil personally when he fasted in the wilderness for 40 days. He also quoted scripture to ward off the devil. He knew truth and He trusted truth. He is the Son of God and our Mighty God.

The word mighty communicates additional emphasis. Our Mighty God is an extraordinary God. Like for Eve, my enemies are too powerful for me. I need a friendship with a mighty extraordinary God when I am faced with my temptations.

Eve enjoyed a home that provided everything she needed. Why was she susceptible to that grave temptation? An apple—in the midst of all the other wonderful fruit options—seems pretty insignificant.

That’s what is so scary! In the midst of how well my Mighty God has provided for me, I look around and am dissatisfied. My desire does not match God’s desires for me. And desires are strong things.

God is stronger. My Mighty God is able to protect; He is able to save; He is able to show Himself strong on my behalf. I know truth—am I trusting truth, even in the seemingly insignificant areas of my life—only then will I experience an extraordinary Mighty God at work on my behalf.  (Hmmm, I know what God is whispering to me as I type).

Martin Luther’s words communicate well:
A mighty fortress is our God. A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing.

“In that day the remnant of Israel … will lean on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. A remnant will return … to the Mighty God”.
Isaiah 10:20,21

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