So, the other day (yesterday), I heard God speak to me quite clearly. Now, for some people this might be normal, and for me it has been at times. However, over the past few weeks, I’ve been in a bit of a funk. I’ve felt a bit distant from God and, as I realized yesterday, it’s been of my own doing. Now, because of this, hearing from God has been a bit lacking for me. Surprisingly though, I was driving home from a meeting yesterday, and made a comment to myself…(in my mind, I think)…and I heard God clearly respond to me. The topic of the conversation is irrelevant to this discussion here today, but I felt such a warmth and I was quite stunned when I heard His voice yesterday. For weeks, or months (they’ve all been a bit of a blur), I’ve been procrastinating with God and basically ignoring Him. So this little conversation basically blew my mind. Alright, let’s go. I’m excited.
(For a better understanding of this post, please reference Isaiah 40:9-21.)
As someone who has been raised on the Bible, and thus fairly well versed in it, I have known this passage for as long as I can remember. In fact, I’m sure most Christians have at least heard the more popular sections of it.
…they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles… (v. 31)
To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with Him? (v. 18)
However, I don’t feel like Christians completely grasp it. I know I haven’t, and even though this blog installment is a product of a recent revelation, I still don’t completely grasp the concept. After all, it is a passage about the greatness of God and nobody can fully understand that. Nonetheless, I am attempting to share with you and still grasp for myself how to better understand God.
In some ways, using parts of Bible verses as worship songs has injured our understanding of the intention of the verses, as well as the meaning behind them. Of course it is all well and good that we will have renewed strength if we wait on the Lord, but if we just focus on that part of the verse, we skip to the ending of a really good story. Why will we have renewed strength? Why should we wait upon the Lord if we don’t quite understand what qualifies Him to be waited upon? The importance of asking these simple questions is supported by one of my favorite verses.
…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…. (1 Peter 3:15)
The truths of who God is should be our first line of defense against any spiritual attacks. Who God is must be the foundation for any amount of faith we have.
The fact is, we can never fully understand God, which should immensely humble us. That a God “who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand and marked off the heavens with a span” (v12) wants to gather us up in His arms and press us to his chest.
I realize that this seems a bit scattered and short but I am in quite a bit of awe and I have been quite humbled over the past few days. All that I can really say here is already in the verse, so if you haven’t read it yet, please go examine this verse with God and allow Him to examine your heart as to whether or not you really know the details of who He is. It has greatly impacted my reasons for my faith and I am absolutely sure it will do the same for you.