“Pilgrim Reflections”-“On Remembering Who He Is”

by Tom Smith

When we remember this, it puts everything else in perspective.

“I AM the LORD—and there is none else.”

Yes, when God told Isaiah to tell his sinful countrymen this (Is. 45:5, 19b, 22b), it was a reminder of an eternal Truth: that there is a God in Heaven Who created everything that is (including us) just the way the Bible says.

Even though we can’t understand the ins-and-outs of creation (Genesis 1:1-31). . .and whether or not the six days of creation were 24-hour periods or a period of billions of years. . .in reality, it doesn’t matter.

What matters is God did it and that settles it! Period!!

Yes, only an all-knowing, all-powerful God could say “Let there be light and there was light” (Gen. 1:3). Likewise, only He could set the earth on its axis at just the right angle and spin it at 1,000 mph, creating gravity, as it made its annual rotation around the sun.

Who else, but an omniscient, omnipotent God, could put feathers on birds and teach them to fly through the air—while putting fins and gills on fish, causing them to swim through the sea?

And, who, but a sparrow-watching, hair-counting, tear-catching God (Psalm 56:8; Matthew 6:26; 10:29-31), could cause two molecules of hydrogen to bond with one molecule of oxygen to create water?

No one; only Almighty God could do that.

Yes, that’s why God told Isaiah to remind his sinful, “doing-their-own-thing,” rebellious countrymen of Who He was/is and what He has done (Is. 45:6-19): for that was the only way they could know Him, His Ways and escape His Wrath.

And, dear Reader, the same is still true today.

In every generation (including ours) there are those who say “There is no God”—that’s why the Bible calls them “fools” (Ps. 14:1; 53:1). Why is that?

Because “the invisible things of God, i.e., His Ways, from the creation of the world are clearly seen”—and that’s why “they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

Yes, even a small child can look around him or up into outer space and say “Wow! This didn’t happen by accident.” Most assuredly it did not!

However, from birth our minds are hostile at God and by nature we want to believe a lie instead of the Truth: all because we want to be God and be the center of our universe (Gen. 3:1-6; Romans 8:7).

That’s why they thumb their noses and shake their fists at God. That’s why they despise Him and those who believe in Him. And, that’s why God has “given them up and turned them over to a reprobate (perverse, perverted) mind—to do those things which are not right” (Rom. 1:24, 26, 28).

Yes, even though they know God doesn’t make mistakes. . .purposely made Adam a man and Eve a woman. . .giving them 23 distinct-and-different X & Y chromosomes. . .for the propagation of the human race. . .they CHOOSE to disbelief and defy Him. . .which puts them under His Wrath and Judgment. . .and “they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20).

Likewise, we live in a day-and-age of “itching ears” (II Timothy 3-4) that long to be told how good we are and how loving God is—yet, despise preachers who tell them they are sinners deserving of nothing but death and hell and in need of a Savior.

Even so, we must remember what Jesus said: “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days preceding the coming of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:37). Even though Noah warned them of the coming Flood and encouraged them to find safety in the ark, they continued on with “business as usual” even until the Flood came “and swept them all away” (vv.38-39).

Therefore, be faithful, dear Reader, to point to Christ and the Cross (I Corinthians 1:17-25). Tell them of a loving Savior named Jesus and warn them of the Lake of Fire that waits all who reject Him (Revelation 20:11-15).

Yes, remind them of Who God is: and point them to Him while there’s still time.

(NOTE: If you’d like to contact Bro. Tom or receive his daily e-mail devotional, entitled “Morning Manna,” you can write him at P.O. Box 614, Mulberry, AR 72947 or e-mail him at pressingon@hotmail.com).