Two thousand years ago Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”
At the dawn of this New Year he is asking you the same question, “Who do you say that I am?”
To Abraham He was Jehovah Jireh – the God who provides.
As Abraham climbed Mount Moriah with his son, he was carrying a heavy load – not the wood on his back but the sadness that this was the last journey he would ever take with his son. God required Abraham to offer up the thing most precious thing he ever possessed and Abraham willingly obeyed. But all the while, as Abraham and Isaac climbed one side of the mountain, there was a ram climbing up the other side of that same mountain. That ram was God’s provision. God provided for Abraham at the very point of his need. Whatever need you face this year, God’s provision is making it’s way to you. Whatever bill comes through your door – He is your provider.
To Moses He was Jehovah Nissi – The Lord is My Banner.
This he declared as he won an arduous battle over the enemy. God was the Commander in Chief fighting in his corner. Do not forget whatever battle you may be facing this year, God has already fought the battle and triumphed. You do not fight for victory, You fight from victory – He is your Banner.
To Gideon He was Jehovah Shalom – The God of Peace.
As Gideon pounded wheat on the threshing floor, crouching in fear of a terrible enemy, the Angel of the Lord commissioned him as a “mighty man of valor,” Commander in Chief of the Israelite Army. Fear struck Gideon as he saw himself as the least of all his people. But he chose to believe God’s opinion instead of his own. Whatever commission God calls you to this year choose to believe that in Him you are able. In the midst of fear – He is your Peace.
To David He was Jehovah Roi – The Lord is my Shepherd.
As David sat on a hillside minding his sheep and contemplating his future the shepherd knew he needed a Shepherd. He knew he needed to be led, fed and protected by the greatest Shepherd of all. As you journey through the year that lies ahead He will lead you to green pastures and still waters and walk with you through every valley – He is your Shepherd.
Who do you say that He is?
As these saints who have gone before us have shown, He is who you declare him to be at your very point of need.
In sickness declare that He is your healer.
In grief declare that He is your comforter.
In loneliness declare that He is your friend.
In weakness declare that He is your strength.
In confusion declare that He is your wisdom.
In darkness declare that He is your light.
He is your Father.
He is Love.