“In the shadow of Your hand, oh God, I know now that I am safe… safe from all evil, all destruction and all schemes of my enemies. You cover me, You comfort me, You will keep me safe. In the shadow of Your hand I will praise You even as You restore me – renew me – and give me strength, so that I will proclaim Your wonderful Name even when I must venture out from beneath Your shadow once more. Yes, my God, even then I know YOU will still go with me.” ~ my psalm to God by Sean Gutteridge
We are His people. Does this compute to your mind? Where does the Glory and the Majesty of God reveal itself to you and can you recognize it when He makes Himself known to you?
“I am The Lord YOUR God…”
Do you get that? He says “Your” God. That’s personal. That’s intimate. That is meaningful. That is what MY God says to me. How can I explain that, let alone understand it? How do you explain what you don’t know that much about?
The Holy Spirit is urging us to continue to seek God so that we WILL know Him better. It’s not enough for me to be saved in Christ and never venture any further into my relationship with Christ then that. This is only one layer of so many more and God’s Spirit drives us to uncover them all.
I first stopped asking “How” I was “His people” when I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. That was the moment I exercised my faith to simply believe that He was who He said He was… my heart had been worn down by the evidence His Holy Spirit persistently presented to it. As I grew in The Lord and continued to experience His unending Love and Grace for me, it eventually stopped asking “Why” He even wanted to call me “His people”. I understood that I wasn’t worthy of that but I began to understand that this question wasn’t relevant to Him. Some things, I realized, just simply had no answers and again… I had to just accept on faith.
Where I find myself in this season is a place of discovery and acceptance. Listen, I don’t believe questions are a bad thing but I do understand from personal experience that sometimes my questions (or at least the wrong questions) can waste so much time. Certain things must be taken on Faith. I am trying to learn which questions to ask God. “Where do You need me to go, now?” or “What do You want me to say” and so on. God’s nature is so rich in texture and complex in meaning & significance. I want to discover as much of His nature as I possibly can. Yeah… there are so many days – too many, in fact – where I find myself lazy and complacent in my desire to uncover yet another layer of God’s nature. But I also know that I am far more willing to take what His Holy Spirit reveals to me on Faith because over time I’ve learned to accept where His Spirit leads me (when seeking Truth) and all that He DOES reveal to me.
Challenge your way of thinking. These are but just a few of the relevant questions to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to your heart: am I thinking as God thinks; am I intentionally searching His mind for His ways… or has my mind become lazy and complacent… If You don’t like His reply, then make a determined resolution to ask Him to help you change directions. He will do so… as long as we are resolved to follow His corrections and convictions. Again, my Faith will be challenged and stretched to be resolute in what it believes.
God hasn’t changed… I just haven’t figured out the complete definition of who HE fully is, yet. Don’t be afraid of HIS Intimacy. Let yourself be embraced in it.
Peace, Sean Gutteridge
15 I am the LORD your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar- the LORD of hosts is his name.
16 And I have put my words in your mouth and covered you in the shadow of my hand, establishing the heavens and laying the foundations of the earth, and saying to Zion, ‘You are my people.'”