Who is YOUR God?Daily Thoughts
Genesis 35:10-11 “God said to him, “Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.” So he named him Israel. And God said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from your body”
At the same time that God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, he revealed himself as El Shaddai (God Almighty). This happened in exactly the same way with Abraham too. In Genesis 17 you will read that as God changes Abram’s name to Abraham, and Sarai to Sarah he reveals himself as El Shaddai.
In other words, their new perception and revelation of God brought about a change in their identity. In a previous post; Intimacy Reflects Identity I noted that God often revealed himself differently, according to whom he was revealing himself to. To Abraham, Jacob, Moses and Joshua he revelaed himself in different ways as to appeal to their identity. The fact is, we all see God differently and that’s ok! Our perception of God is tainted with the colour of our identity, and our discovery of God is a journey of discovering ourselves.
God has in mind who he has made you to be. You have a defined identity, however not all of it has unfolded yet. As we live life and encounter new experiences God unfolds more of our identity at the right time. As this unfolding occurs our relationship with God becomes more refined and personal, taking new slants as time goes on. Over the past couple of years I have witnessed my relationship with God become more refined and unique. I feel a shift in certain patterns, whether that’s stopping or starting certain things.
I imagine myself like a ball-bearing trying to settle in a little hole. It bounces around for a bit, vibrating and wobbling before coming to rest in it’s perfect position. This is how our relationships with God can often look like, we have so many things pulling us in certain directions that we don’t have a clear picture of who God is to us. It’s not until we stop comparing and just settle for who we are that we refine our relationships with God.
Get clarity of who God is to YOU, and God will give clarity of who you are to HIM!