Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Our personal God

Hey MPs,

God is a personal God. Do we truly understand what that means? My dictionary defines personal this way: of or relating to a particular person; individual; private. Sounds invasive, huh? But do you consider God an intrusive God or are you glad that He knows you right down to your core? Let’s discover just how much He knows us and give thanks that He is so personal.

Our fast-paced society keeps us from getting “too private” with people; we don’t have time for fellowship. We can put distance between us and others so that we don’t have to “feel”. Is that how we treat our personal God? It certainly is not how He treats us, if we let Him in. He desires fellowship, but it’s our choice. Let’s look at the Word and uncover the personal words that He has for us.

Open your Bible to Isaiah 43. It’s actually the chapter that contains our MPs verse. We’re going to study this chapter over the next few weeks, but for right now, let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start….. sorry- I just had to share the song that came to mind – hope it made you smile. 

Isaiah 43:1 says – But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.” Read it again and instead of Jacob and Israel, plug in your own name and that of your children. He calls us each by our own names. Isn’t that a wonderful personal feeling? Only God knows each of our names and what a feat to remember them.

I’m reminded how I seem to always forget people’s names when I meet them. I guess I’m not focused on them. Or I remember when my Dad was calling me or one of my sisters. He usually called out all of our names until he finally called the right one. I have even called my son by my daughter’s name or vice versa. 

Thank goodness God is so personal. He doesn’t confuse us with anyone else because He KNOWS us individually. He even knows how many hairs are on our heads. Read Matthew 10:30. The next verse in Matthew tells us that we don’t have to fear because we are of value to our God. Do you feel special yet? Well, keep on reading. I hope that when you are finished, you’ll feel extraordinary.

Any situation you find yourself in, there are words within God’s Word to encourage, comfort, guide, and direct you. Here are just a few examples.

If you’re suffering or sad - Psalm 34:18, Psalm 56:8
If you’re happy or joyful – Psalm 144:15, Psalm 101:1-2
If you’re afraid or fearful – Psalm 27:1, Isaiah 41:10
If you want to feel loved – Ephesians 3:14-21, 1 John 4:19
If you need to be comforted – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Isaiah 51:3

You know that I could go on and on. God has many names because He is all things to us. That’s how He can be so intimate with us. He knows us and He knows what we need. Here’s one more. It’s all-encompassing.

“Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been upheld by Me from birth, who have been carried from the womb: Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. Isaiah 46:3-4

Wow, that about covers it all, from birth to death and everything in between. Our God is an awesome, personal God throughout our lifetime. He has the words that can breathe new life into us every day. Peter says in John 6:68 that our Lord has the words of eternal life. He is a part of every detail!

God’s words have helped many patriarchs and they can help you and me. Open your Bible and discover for yourself the words that your personal God has written just for you. I leave you with this verse: This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life. Psalm 119:50