Text: Psalm 91:1, 9-10; Isaiah 40:28-31 | Listen to Message
How Strong Is Your God?
In the Old Testament, the word “God” is actually the name Elohim, which literally translates to something like “Strong God” or “Mighty God.” Elohim is the God who created the entire universe out of nothing. Elohim is the God who rules every moment of every day and every atom everywhere. Elohim is the God whose promises are certain, even if they’re impossible. And Elohim is the God who saves.
The Bible states all of these things as objective facts.
So what difference does this make in your life? What difference should it make?
Well, what things do you tend to substitute for Elohim? Who or what has the first place in your affections and priorities right now? Here’s a clue: it’s probably where you spend your time and money most effortlessly. Here’s another: it’s probably what your thoughts drift to when you’re not really thinking about anything at all.
Now, be honest: how powerful is that thing? Did it make you? Can it save you? What does it promise you – and can it keep those promises? Or is it only as strong as you allow it to be?
That’s just it: Elohim is not strong because we allow Him to be. Elohim is not strong because we submit to Him and give Him authority over us. Elohim’s power is not a mental construct or a figment of our collective imaginations. Elohim is strong, period.
So live like He is strong! Worship like He is strong! Pray like He is strong! Trust like He is strong! And risk like He is strong! Don’t stand on the shore while He’s calling you out upon the water. Don’t be a spiritual 10-pound weakling, always playing it comfortable and safe. If God is really Almighty God, then let Him show Himself all-powerful in your life!