Paradise Calvary Chapel

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Trusting the God of the Universe
Anonymous - April 9, 2019
Devotional

I've been thinking a lot about how I view God and how God views me.  If only I could consistently see God for who He really is—Sovereign (ultimate power); Omnipotent (unlimited power) Let there be light,’ and there was light" (Genesis 1:3); Omniscient (knowing everything) "...His understanding is infinite" (Psalm 147:5);  Omnipresent (everywhere present)—no one can hide from Him; Immutable (Never changing) "For I am the Lord, I change not..." (Malachi 3:6).   And many more attributes - all which should be a comfort to me as a believer.  I mean, the character of God is true and unchanging.  His promises are true and unchanging. 

But alas, in my tiny imperfect human mind I become distracted by my condition and limit God.  When I try to take control of my life—essentially becoming my own god—I am disrespecting the God of the universe who is perfect in all His ways and He loves and cares about me!  How can I have one moment of failing faith or disbelief?  How can I not treat Him with reverence and awe and respect?  How can I shrink the gift of the cross—minimizing His Holiness and minimizing my sin?  But, I am a sinner, running amuck with my free will. Oh, Heavenly Father, forgive me for my disbelief and my lack of faith and my selfishness and arrogance! Teach me to walk by faith, not sight. 

I praise God for His grace (unmerited favor) and His love. When I come to Him over and over with the petty problems of my condition, He never says to me "Go away! You are so annoying and dumb!"  No, He takes me in His arms, forgives me and loves me even more not because of any acts of righteousness on my part, but because I stand in grace and my position is assured because of who I am in Christ. 

If only I could see myself as God sees me—forgiven, spotless, loved beyond measure. How I pray that each day I become humble and teachable in the ways of my Lord and Savior, living in the freedom of knowing who God is, and knowing who I am in Him.  I must constantly nourish my mind on Biblical truths growing in holiness (sanctification); seeing more of His holiness and more of my sin; seeking my position in Christ and the transformational life of joy and hope and love that God gives me by His grace.

How precious are His promises and because of the character of God, I know they are true and never changing. Amen.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand” (John 10:28).