This is OUR God!!!

One of my current favourite songs is called ‘This is our God’ by Hillsong; I love the chorus, which goes:

‘Freely you gave it all for us, surrendered your life upon that cross,

Great is your love, Poured out for all- This is our God,

Lifted on high from death to life,

Forever our God is glorified,

Servant and king, Rescued the world – this is our God.’

I love the triumphant cry at the end of each phrase, the qualifier which follows the description-This is our God, it makes me feel like thumping my chest and screaming at the top of my lungs, THIS IS MY GOD!- The God who is not aloof, ostracized or helplessly observing us from a distance -no! If we had to identify our God from a line-up, He won’t be the one waiting cross-armed for us to come to Him, rather He’s the one who proactively provided the cross, who laid aside His awesome, fearsome majesty, stripped Himself of His rights as God, became one of us and by so doing made a way for us to be like Him (Ephesians 4:24, Philippians 2:7). He is God who set the example for the prodigal’s Father and ran with glee, compassion and fierce love to our rescue (Luke 15:11-32). The God who got involved in the muck and mire of our lives; came down and was ‘touched’ with the feeling of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15).; who feels our pain and has literally walked in our shoes- This is Our God!

I cannot tell you how much comfort and joy that gives me; it makes Philippians 2:1 all the more real for me, I am encouraged by being united with Christ, I am comforted by His love, because I know He’s indeed my forerunner, who walked in my shoes and can therefore empathize with me.

According to Tim Keller (in his book The Reason for God), Christianity alone among the world’s religions claims that God became uniquely and fully human in Jesus. Hebrews 4:15 (MSG) says we don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality; he’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all…and therefore knows first-hand our highs and lows; our despair, rejection, pain, lack. At the heart of Christianity is the story of God himself taking on flesh and blood, taking upon Himself the suffering and punishment we deserve, and so offering us both physical healing and spiritual restoration. On the cross Jesus went beyond even the worst human suffering and experienced pain that exceeds us as infinitely as his knowledge and power exceeds ours, and His only ‘crime’ was His unrelenting love for us!( 1 John 3:16, Romans 5:8).

People go to support groups because it helps to be around folks who have been through the same experiences and have overcome, there’s a certain kind of reassurance in knowing that you are not the only one going through an issue. Knowing that others have faced the same challenges and overcome gives us hope that we can as well. In times of trouble, people often say, ‘I can only imagine what you are going through’, without the capacity to actually do that so I find it tremendously encouraging to have someone who’s walked that same road ‘comfort me with ‘the same comfort with which they were comforted’; and that’s what Jesus offers. First of all He assures us that nothing we are going through is unique to us alone, that others are going and have gone through it (1 Corinthians 10:13) but better yet, He assures us , He’s experienced it all and that because He overcame, He provides a way of escape for us, and will lead us out triumphantly (2 Corinthians 2 :14).

During Elijah’s showdown with the prophets of Baal, he taunted them to scream louder as their gods might be asleep, or otherwise indisposed – that’s not our God. Unlike Baal, He doesn’t wait for us to cut ourselves in desperation before he hears us, rather our God foresaw our greatest need (spiritual separation from Him), way before we recognised our need; and orchestrated a plan for our redemption through the sacrifice of His son even before the foundation of the world(Ephesians 1:4, Revelations 13:8).

Fam., no matter what you are going through, please remember we have a personal God who is not distant and passively observant. God is not immune to your pain, He feels it deeply and just as it hurts a Parent to see their kids in pain, God feels ours, and substantially more. He is the God who is close to the broken-hearted and rescues those crushed in spirit;  If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath. The God who is the all-powerful, ever-present help in times of need, who promises never to leave or forsake us; who assures us that because He did not spare His only son, but sacrificed Him for us, He will also graciously give us all things… the God who was with Daniel and the Hebrew boys in the fire, who shut the mouth of the lion, who enabled David kill the lion, bear and giant, who delivers us from bondage to sin and Satan, who conquered death and darkness…that God-is OUR God.

Rejoice in that.

Shalom fam 🙂