Who am I compared to God? That’s the million dollar question, right? I mean surely, at some point in our lives, every one of us has wondered how important we are to God. Well, let’s start our comparison by taking a look at who God is.
God is not really a name, it is a title: the highest level of deity. In Hebrew, God’s name is translated YHWH. The Israelites have always viewed this name as holy, so holy in fact, that they will not say it aloud. It would show a lack of respect for a God so holy as this.
Now I’m not sure about you, but I struggle to see how a person can be so revering of our God—or anything for that matter—that they will not say His name out loud.
For example, many people that I hear pray use God’s name several times in their prayers. Many prayers go something like this, ”Dear Father, please help us, Lord, today with our schoolwork, God.” We use His name a lot, in many different ways. I am not saying that we are necessarily wrong in doing so, but it does show that we don’t view God the same way that the Jews did/do, doesn’t it?
God is a holy God. He created you not because He needed to, but instead because He can, because He wanted to. I mean, think about it. If He had the ability to create Adam from merely the dust of the ground, then what do we have to offer Him? Nothing. That amazes me!
I often hear people talking about how they don’t like all of the “rules” that come with Christianity. When did you last build something? Maybe with Lego or cardboard or wood. When you created it, you had the right to do whatever you wished with it, right? Don’t you think that would be fair? So isn’t it right that God would have the right to decide what we should do? Isn’t He allowed to make the rules for His creation? Surely also, as our Creator, He knows what’s best for us better than we the creation, and has set those rules in place in order to provide us with the best.
Now here is the most incredible part of all. The very God who is holy, who doesn’t need you, is also a God of unfailing love. A God of unfailing love that wants a relationship with YOU. But He’s not seeking puppets that do His will only because he has them on strings and controls them. No, He has given you free choice. You have the ability to do whatever you like but His desire for you is to choose him.
There is so much more that goes into the question of “Who am I compared to God?” I know that our writers will go deeper into many of the sub-topics of this question throughout the month of April, but for now, just pay attention to this. It is very easy to become too self-important and to forget the God that I have described. I think I get full of myself at least 5 times a day, probably more. In reality, we are ALL sinners. We all become arrogant and ignore even the very one that created us. And yet, our God still has an unfailing love for us. Not really sure what unfailing means? Another word that could be used in place of “unfailing” is “inexhaustible”. God’s love for us is inexhaustible. It does NOT have an end. Even though we daily forget about Him and regularly reject Him, He still desires a relationship with us. You think you’re loved by your parents, siblings, and even friends? Well, the love that they have for you is not even comparable to God’s love.
Think of these lyrics by Casting Crowns:
“Not because of who I am, but because of what You’ve done. Not because of what I’ve done, but because of who You are. I am a flower quickly fading, here today and gone tomorrow, a wave tossed in the ocean, a vapor in the wind. Still, You hear me when I’m calling, Lord, You catch me when I am falling, and You’ve told me who I am. I am Yours.”
That is Casting Crown’s description of who we are when compared to God. A wave tossed in the ocean, a vapor in the wind… Yet He STILL loves us. I just can’t get over that. It doesn’t make sense to me, it doesn’t seem logical. But that’s the point.
So, who am I compared to God? Keep reading in April and see both your identity and the identity of your Heavenly Father and God a little more clearly. It won’t be easy. In fact, it will most likely be uncomfortable. But it is something that all of us need to realize. We are not who we think we are. And honestly, God isn’t really who we think He is either. He is indescribable. We learn more about Him throughout the course of our lives and yet, no matter how long we are able to live, we will never truly know Him completely.
So here’s my challenge to you: Take this month to get to know Him just a little bit better. Don’t just ask yourself the question of “Who Am I?” but also “Who is He?” That’s the real question. The one that actually matters.