Today, I was reminded about who God is, He is good, He is love and He is a Warrior, fighting for those who love Him and have placed their lives in His hands. He is not aloof, He is intimate. He is not weak because He is love, He is strong and fights for us because of the strength of His love. He is shining glory. Right now we are in the midst of the Christmas season, only a few days from Christmas. As I look around there are many lights, lots of sparkle, but none of it compares to the brightness of God’s glory. God has asked me to write about His goodness towards us and His beautiful glory, I am amazed to see what God can do with someone who is broken, me. I wanted to share some of what God has taught me through my life and reminded me about today. It is long, be warned. 🙂 Be blessed
Exodus 15:1-6 & (MSG)
I’m singing my heart out to God—what a victory! He pitched horse and rider into the sea.God is my strength, God is my song, and, yes! God is my salvation. This is the kind of God I have and I’m telling the world! This is the God of my father— I’m spreading the news far and wide! God is a fighter, pure God, through and through. Pharaoh’s chariots and army he dumped in the sea, The elite of his officers he drowned in the Red Sea. Wild ocean waters poured over them; they sank like a rock in the deep blue sea. Your strong right hand, God, shimmers with power; your strong right hand shatters the enemy. In your mighty majesty you smash your upstart enemies, You let loose your hot anger and burn them to a crisp. You stretched out your right hand and the Earth swallowed them up. But the people you redeemed, you led in merciful love; You guided them under your protection to your holy pasture.
I love the words used to describe God in these verses, God is a fighter, pure God through and through, your strong right hand God shimmers with power. I can just imagine God fighting, and His power shimmering through His purity. God is more wonderful than our imagination can come up with. I love the word used to describe His power, shimmering. That makes me smile, what an artist.
Some of the synonyms that I have found for shimmer are coruscate, flame, and scintillate. Coruscate means to give off or reflect light in bright beams or flashes, and/or to be brilliant or showy in technique or style. Scintillate means to emit sparks, to emit quick flashes as if throwing off sparks. Flame means exactly what it says, firey flame, however it also means to feel or express strong, passionate, and/ or angry emotion. It also means to shine brightly.
All of those definitions give us a glimpse into God’s mighty power, that which He uses to rescue us. Shimmering need not mean something weak and fluffy, like glitter. It is also a powerful word meaning light, brilliance in technique, strong passionate emotions, it means to shine brightly. This is what our Knight looks like. He is our Knight in shining armor, riding the white horse of purity. What a picture. We need to bring this to the forefront of our memories when we are in need of rescuing.
Exodus 23:22 (MSG)
But if you obey him and do everything I tell you, I’ll be an enemy to your enemies, I’ll fight those who fight you
We are not supposed to be these weak, frail, cowardly, faint at everything women, waiting till someone does everything for us. There are things that we must do ourselves. We are told to obey God and do what He tells you to do. He will fight for us, but we need to do our part. Often the things God tells us to do takes great courage and faith. When we step out of our “safe” “protective” shells (a false sense of security), often we do this with trembling hearts. When we step out and show that we will risk ourselves to do as God wills, He shows up in great shimmering power. When this happens we realize, the safety that we thought we had, was not real, actually it was so far from safe it is ridiculous. It is in our risk and God’s power that we are truly rescued. God never promised safety, He promised love, beauty, blessings, and a place we can run to for shelter from the storms of life, and enemy attacks. This place is within God’s heart, His loving arms, and in His strength.
This sounds wrong, doesn’t being a Christian mean you are safe. Yes in the sense of eternal life after death. We are guaranteed safety knowing that because we have loved God in life, that we will be given eternal life with God, whom we have loved in our earthly life. We are safe in the knowing that God’s love will never fail us. There are many of God’s children that never knew safety beyond God’s love. Sometimes their only hope was that God had not abandoned them, that He was fighting right alongside them, that His purposes were much greater than a comfortable, safe, boring life. If there is no risk, there is no need of God and His strength. Without struggle, hate, and enemies there is nothing for us to compare to God’s unbelieveable love and promises. Without struggle we would never know what it means to be resting in the love of God, never having to strive to please Him. Without hate, we would not understand or feel love. Without enemies, we wouldn’t understand and cherish friendships. There are lessons to be learned even in pain and brokenness, but we were never meant to go through them alone. We are never alone when we are God’s. Praise God.