“Yea, BEFORE the day was I AM HE ; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work and who shall let (reverse) it?” Isaiah 43:13
One of my favorite statement by the Lord.
This is one of those double-edged sword statements because to be on the wrong side of that statement is a horrible fearful fate… but ahh, we are not talking about that in this post.
We are talking about how beautiful and truly overwhelming it truly is when we think about being on the right side of that statement.
BEFORE all that was created.
BEFORE the angels, the demons, or any other beings.
BEFORE the great void of darkness and the waters of earth were divided.
BEFORE day and night were called forth.
BEFORE the heavens were divided from the earth.
BEFORE the grass, trees, and every known and unknown vegetation this day. BEFORE the birds, animals, fish and man.
BEFORE it all the God of creation forever stands.
BEFORE the very creation of DAY, in HIS OWN WORDS, WAS I AM HE.
And there is no power in heaven, in earth, under earth, no invention man kind can fathom or enough forces of hell that can stop, prevent, or deliver out of his hand.
And as he also said, he will do as he wishes and WHO could ever stop him or reverse, change, or destroy ANY work he has ordained or brought forth?!!!
INCLUDING his work of creating US! Completely, intentionally, ON PURPOSE with rhyme and reason, creating each one of us simply because he IS God and he WANTED us to exist!
Complete with our Spirit, soul, heart, mind, and personality and all the unique traits that make us truly one of a kind!
Even when we are a little quirky, different, or such as myself, kinda flaky 🙂 no one will ever understand us like God, we have that uniqueness because our Father wanted us to be unique.
God IS the master Creator… actually having created creation… ponder that…he created the very conception and act of creation itself, which is why all of us have a talent or special God-given skill, being created in HIS image, we also have that NEED to be creative.
Think about it the next time that you are in your “zone, whether it is art, music, wood-working, beauty, cooking, the activity that brings you immense joy in expressing your creativity, REMEMBER that the joy and satisfaction that you feel during that “labor of love” can not even be compared to the joy and love the absolute Creator of the universe took in creating YOU!
Revelation 4:11 b: “…for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
Am I the only person that finds that terribly exciting?
Well, if you are not excited, I hope that by the end of this post you will be!
If everyone person on this earth could get past the lies of this world, the ridiculous demands of society that command us to be cookie cutter cutouts of the latest fashion trend or the brain washed servants to sin that think and say exactly as those who pervert the truth of creation and the Gospel so wish us to.
Oh what a refreshment that would be!
You know we can not control what others think of us or say about us, but when we fail to accept how and why we are created just as we are actually INSULTING God!
Now, I think people really need to be careful with the Bible and be certain they read before and after scriptures and study the ENTIRE teaching because failure to do so often leads to teachings that are completely out of context, SO bearing that, the scriptures are pertaining to repentance and restoration, but the verses I want to highlight is the danger of “questioning” that we as humans often do, when we “question” our this, that, or the other thing we do not like about ourselves when held to the current “standard” and we can understand through these verses his ABSOLUTE power, authority, and love for us, IF we accept that and submit into his will, forgetting our own.
Isaiah 45:1-18: “Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden (held), to subdue nation before him; and I will loose the loins (armour) of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates (double doors); and the gates shall not be shut;
I WILL GO BEFORE THEE, and make the crooked places straight : I will break into pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder (half) the bars of iron:
And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, THE LORD, WHICH CALLETH THEE BY THY NAME am God of Israel. For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect (chosen).
I have even called thee by name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me. I, am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no god beside me: I girded (clothed and armoured), though thou hast not known me:
That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west (till sunset), that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil (calamity): I the lord do ALL these things.
Drop down, (rain down) ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open , and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I THE LORD HAVE CREATED IT.
Woe unto him that striveth (argues) WITH his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth.
Shall the clay SAY to him that fashioned (molded) it, WHAT makes thou? or thy work, He hath no hands? ( for something you actually made to say to you that you no longer have any power over that creation)
Woe unto him that saith unto his father, WHAT begettest thou? or to the woman (mother) WHAT hast thou brought forth (given birth to)?
Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his MAKER, Ask of me thing concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
I have MADE the earth, and CREATED man upon it: I, even MY HANDS, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded, I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward (not money nor gain), saith the Lord of hosts.
Thus saith the Lord, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God (meaning no god OTHER than the ONE true God, Jehovah).
Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour. They shall be ashamed, and also confounded (disgraced), all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.
But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
For thus saith the Lord that CREATED the heavens; God himself that FORMED the earth and MADE it; he hath established it, he hath CREATED it NOT IN VAIN, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.”
I love that god is clearly pointing out the fact that even THOUGH they have not known him, he still very much knows them!
And isn’t that just like us sometimes, especially those who refuse to acknowledge God as they are in truth the work that declares the craftsman no longer has hands to alter the work he has created.
There is such beauty and such peace, and blessed assurance beyond human comprehension in the realization and acceptance of our place in his master plan. And that place is simply this, accepting ourselves as his creation, accepting his will, and resting in that he ALWAYS goes before because before “the day”, before the foundations of the earth were even created, THERE WAS AND THERE IS AND THERE WILL FOREVER BE, I AM.
Rest in this, have hope in this, know who you are in this:
Deuteronomy 31:8: ” Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, HE IT IS THAT DOTH GO WITH THEE; HE WILL NOT FAIL THEE, NOR FORSAKE THEE.”
As the redeemed of the Lord, we sometimes need reminded of WHO goes BEFORE us every single day of our lives.
Φλογίζω Σαλπίζω NB 2018