I have been asked that question at the end of each chapter of the workbook I am studying. I have failed to answer. Not because I do not know who God is, but how do I write who He is each time the question is asked. So, today I have decided to write out who God is.
Abba Father. This describes who He is when words fail me. When I need my Father to hold my hand and reassure me that it will be okay. That I will be okay. I called Him that when I had a relationship turn and it was so painful that all I could do is cry. Abba Father comes from Romans 8:15 “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba Father!”
All-Knowing. He not only knows my name, but calls it, plans for me, and delivers. He knows my life before it happens. Is it not reassuring that He knows before we do? Yeah, He could have stopped bad things from happening, but then we would not learn to lean on Him. Take for instance when my parents died. He knew I would need support, so He provided a community group. But long before that community group became my family, He planted. Desire to get connected within the church. He knew and He provided. 1 John 3:20 “Whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.”
Psalm 121 is a favorite Psalm of mine. It sums up who God is for me. But He is so much more than I can describe. “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and each. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber not sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” Provider, protector.
By understanding who God is to each of us, we are able to find Him in the day to day things around us. The illness of a loved one, the death of a friend, or the loss of a job can all be a part of God’s plan for you. You have to look for Him in the darkest moments, He is there. If you cannot find Him beside you, then look under you because He is probably carrying you. Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is near the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
The toughest lessons for us are finding God in those moments of pure heartbreak. We may not understand why God lets some things happen, but He is there. He grieves when sin happens. Genesis 6:6 “And the Lord regretted the He made man on the earth, and it grieved Him to His heart.” Sin grieves God. Since He has not changed, nor will He change, what grieves God in the Old Testament still grieves Him today. The difference is Christ’s payment for our sins. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 “And to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, Jesus delivers us from the wrath to come.” The Genesis God destroyed the sinful earth because Christ’s time had not yet come. Salvation defined is “preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss.” Our Salvation by definition is Christ.
So, who is God to me? Provider, rescuer, Father, disciplinarian, comforter, friend, and the list could go on forever. Who is God to you?