The Name God Calls Himself

I know there are creatures all around You
I know there are lightenings and thunderings
I know there’s a storm all around You
Holy, Holy, Holy

I see seven lamps of fire burning
I see a sea of glass mingled with fire burning
I see the Son of Man with eyes of fire burning
Burning, burning, burning

-“Storm All Around You” by Jon Thurlow

When was the last time you took time to reflect on the holiness of God?

As a society we have reduced God to a personal servant.

We want our best life now.

We want to fall into fortune if we’ll just re-post and type “amen.”

We want perfect peace and no problems.

It has somehow started to make sense to us that God should cater to our every whim, and I’m not really sure how that happened.

I’ve started thinking about the names of God and their significance, and one that really stands out to me is the one He calls Himself in Exodus 3:13-15:

Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.

He wants us to remember Him as “I AM.” YHWH.

Growing up, I thought this was an incredibly strange thing to want to be known as. Like, okay God, you are. I guess I am too. We both are. We’re both here existing, God. Cool.

As time went on, I discovered some more Bible verses that helped me understand the point that God was making.

These things you have done, and I have been silent;
    you thought that I was one like yourself.
But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.

-Psalm 50:21

 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

-Revelation 1:8

He isn’t like us. His ways are high above our own, and we can’t expect Him to always make sense to us simply because He is so much greater than we can fathom.

He is who He is, wholly apart from us. He doesn’t need anything or anyone. He is completely perfect and whole and in need of nothing. He is the beginning, and He is the end. He is perfect and the only standard of perfection.

There is nothing comparable in existence.

You and I rely on lots of things to exist. The most powerful human to ever live relied on lots of things to exist. God has never needed anything and is, in fact, the source of everything.

God has no need of us.

I think, as humans, we can sometimes find that simple fact a little offensive. We have a deep need for significance–a desire to be needed, if you will, and so it stings a bit when we know that someone does not need us. The fact that God does not need me fills me with a sort of dread, to tell you the truth. My entire life is in the hands of someone who is entirely whole apart from me, someone under no obligation not to just dispose of me right now.

Isaiah 6:1-5 is a powerful reminder of what it is like in the throne room of God:

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.  And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

This is a King we’re talking about. He’s a King with the power to end the world at any given moment. He is on a throne high and lifted up. Angels constantly worship at His feet. When He speaks, the foundations of the thresholds shake and the house fills with smoke.

But, you know, that makes the fact that He wants us all the more staggering. He wants to know you and I on a level that we will never get to with anyone else. He wants to walk alongside us every moment of our lives. He wants us to know His goodness and become more like Him.

He loves us with a perfect love even though we have nothing to give Him that is not rightfully His already. He loves us with the kind of love that would die for its beloved. And He did die for His beloved.

This God, this God of power and shocking love, is reaching out to you today.

I know because you’re here, reading this blog post about Him. He led you to this point and now He has a hand extended. All you have to do is take it. Will you?

Until next time,

Jenna

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