Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” “But what about you?” he asked, “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.”
A.W. Tozer once said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” What we think about God affects our every thought and our every action. It affects the way we love people, the way we react to situations and the way we feel about our lives. What comes to your mind when you think about God?
Each of us has a different life story. My own journey has been one of many challenges and valleys, but it is in the deepest of these valleys that I first encountered Christ. And it has been on this bumpy road of my life, that I’ve come to know who Christ is – My Savior, my Redeemer, my Prince of Peace, my Lord, my King, my Rock. My Shepherd who takes care of me, my Protector who watches over me. He is my all, both the Lion and the Lamb, Alpha and Omega, beginning and end. He is Counselor and Commander; The Bread of Life and the Word of God…
Emmanuel, God with us.
God with me.
Even now, facing changes and uncertainty, Christ is with me helping me to face each step that I need to take. When I think about the individual journeys that all women face, I think about these women and where they might be at in their walk with God. What story is each of them living? What pain? What fear? What disappointment? What gratitude? What joy? Each one of us comes to God with our own needs and desires; coming in anticipation of meeting with the Creator of the Universe, God Most High, Abba, Father. His Word tells us that if we seek Him, he will be found and I am overwhelmed that God will so lovingly meet each one of us, exactly where we are. He is willing to meet our every need if we let Him.
Our history shapes our image of who we believe God to be. Yes, the Bible tells us who He is, and by faith we believe, but it’s in the intimate moments, as we come thirsty, seeking His face, that we experience His love and power, and it is in these moments that we discover who God is to us.
“But what about you?” he asked, “Who do you say I am?” Luke 9:20
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