Who is He? We all ask that question at some time or another in our lives – or most of us do, if we are even remotely curious. The disciples of Jesus asked this question among themselves after experiencing a particularly dramatic incident. This harrowing event started out as an unremarkable boat ride undertaken by Jesus and His disciples. But “Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat.”
Now Jesus was sleeping but the disciples, fearing they were all going to drown, woke Him saying, “Lord, save us!” So Jesus “rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The disciples just sat there, awed! ‘Who is this,’ they asked themselves, ‘that even the winds and the sea obey Him?’ ” (Matthew 8:23-27)
Who is He? Who is this God in three persons, my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit? Just as the disciples asked this question so many years ago, people continue to ask today, who is He? who is God? Infinite in being, there are infinite answers to this age old question. I confess – I could not presume to fully answer such a question, but perhaps the question “who is He to me?” yields a personal if not complete answer.
God is the lifter of my head, the Savior of my soul, the forgiver and forgetter of all my sins. He is the light in my darkness. He is the numberer of the hairs on my head as well as the numberer of my days. He is the counter of the stars, the caller of sinners to repentance and the collector of all my tears. He is the Good Shepherd. He is my Good Shepherd. He is my protector and my provider. He is the maker of my manna and the bestower of mercies new every morning.
He is the One who knows my words before I speak them. He is the One who sees me when no one else does and listens to me when I pray. He knows the way that I take. He is the One who pulls me from the pit and sets my feet on solid ground. He is the One who made clothes for Adam and Eve and He is the One who clothes me now with His righteousness. He is the payer of my price, the One who bought me with His own blood. He is the One who trains my feet for the high places and enables me to soar on wings like eagles.
He is the preparer of a place for me and the sealer of my salvation. He is the healer of all my infirmities. He is the bearer of my burdens and the straightener of my paths. He is the mover of my mountains. He is the Maker of my heart, the changer of my heart, the cleanser of my heart, the remover of my stony heart and the One who replaces it with a heart of flesh.
He is the One who counsels me with His wisdom and consoles me with His lovingkindness. He teaches me His ways and writes His laws on my heart. He convicts me of sin and disciplines me as His beloved child. He is the One who strengthens me when I am weak, who is my hope when I despair, who reminds me not to be afraid because He is with me.
He is the Creator of life, the Giver of life, the Sustainer of life, the Bread of life, the One who gave His own life that I might live. He is the author and perfecter of my faith. He is my shade, my shield, my strong tower of protection. He is my constant companion who sticks closer than a brother.
He is the One who has my name engraved on the palms of His hands, the One who covers me with His feathers and the One who rejoices over me with singing. He is the One who leads me beside still waters and into green pastures. He is the One who feeds me even when my enemies surround me.
He is the One who hems me in, behind and before. He is the One who knit me together in my mother’s womb, the One who orders my steps, directs my paths and numbers my days. He is the One who never leaves me nor forsakes me, even when others do.
He is my anchor in uncertain times, He is my advocate in heaven. He pleads my case and prepares my way. He is my rock, He is my firm foundation that stands the test of time and trouble. He is my shelter in the storm, my comfort in pain and sorrow. He is my everpresent friend in the furnace, the Living Water in my desert, the Provider of the lamb for my necessary sacrifice.
He is the One who rescues me from danger, redeems my life for His own, restores me and renews me daily. He is the Vine that sustains my life and supplies all my needs. In His presence are peace, hope, joy, comfort, eternal pleasures indescribable in nature. He is the Creator of the universe and He is my Abba Father. He dwells in unapproachable light and also with me, the contrite and lowly. I say along with the Psalmist,
“Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You.” (Psalm 73:25)
Who is God to me? Colossians 1:16-17 sums it up with these words,
“For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
Who is God to me? Acts 17:28 says it best,
“For in Him we (I) live and move and have our (my) being.”
God is all these things and infinitely more. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. He is the One “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)
sincerely, Grace Day