“Jesus said to him, “I am" the way, and the truth, and the life;
no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6
As I’m visiting family in the Australian bush, I’m surrounded by the beauty of the wonderful gum trees. The birds sing constantly and peace overflows me, just as the river below flows toward the ocean. My mind wanders over Creation and God’s presence, the great ‘I AM’, the Self-existent One, settles upon me.
My husband used to say, “He needs me like a hole in the head!” When he first said it, the saying crushed my soul. For years I had delighted in the fact that I at last knew I was loved and needed. “How awful,” I thought, “now I feel lost again!” However, over the years the great ‘I AM’, has shown me what my darling meant.
For God to exist: He doesn’t need me.
For God to exist: He doesn’t have to love or redeem me!
Truly, He exists because He is: He is the One from beginning to end: The Alpha and the Omega, as the Bible says in Rev. 1:8
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the LORD God, “who is and
who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
There are many beliefs as to how we got here, but only one truth. If God is and has always been – He is the Creator.
To me, the name we often so flippantly use, “God”, tells me, ‘He has to have absolute power, absolute presence, absolute knowledge: He sees all and He knows all. He is the God of love,[i]but He also has to be the only God of justice who has the right to reveal His wrath.[ii]We cannot claim He is one, without excepting the other. If I am to truly worship Him, with all my heart, soul and mind; then I need to also except all of these truths. He hears our prayers, He watches our ways and yes, He is the only One worthy of my worship.
Having pride in myself or achievements does not satisfy; having a wonderful husband and beautiful children, their spouses and grandchildren I dote upon, does not satisfy. Playing sports, doing crafts and going to work are all emptiness: for, they are not worthy of my worship. Homes and overflowing possessions miss the mark also. None of these things, which I love deeply can satisfy, for they cannot save me!
So, my faith is not based on the emptiness and hum-drum of life, but on God, the Creator of all; the Sustainer of all and most of all The Self-existent One.
Where is or what is your faith based upon?
[i]1John4:7,8 “Beloved, let us loveone another, for loveis from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not lovedoes not know God, for God is love.”
[ii]Rom. 1:18 “For the wrathof God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”