This painting hangs above my desk and I often reflect on its origin; 47 things I know about God all included in Offering 25 of my book Towdah. I painted on the canvas with memory and deep thought. A dear friend told me, “Stick to what you know…” and that was good advice as I endured treatments for cancer. Almost immediately, I sat and wrote out what I knew about God and they numbered 47 things. Now, a little over a year later, I am honing in on the one fact I believe is the base for all the others.
He is MY God. This is where it all begins isn’t it? It’s the decision. The choice. The claim.
Not unlike my toddling grandson who steps forward and grabs his toy, exclaiming, “Mine. Dat’s MY truck!” — I decided to grab faith and exclaim, “He is MY God.” I am in good company, as others have gone before me and made similar bold statements:
Ruth clearly proclaimed, “…your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16). She made the decision.
David sang a song of praise in 2 Samuel 22:3, “My God is my rock in whom I take refuge.” He made the choice.
Isaiah confidently shared, “I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God” (Isaiah 61:10). He made the claim.
Even in his doubting, Thomas enthusiastically cried out, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28) as he fully recognized and acknowledged the Savior Jesus as His.
Here I stand too. I made the decision to accept Jesus as my Savior more than twenty years ago. I decided He was MY God then and I continue to choose Him as MY God daily, because I need Him daily. I claim Him as MY God because I know that He is very alive and has shown me at least 46 other things about Himself that makes my heart rejoice; I have fully recognized God and His working in my life. As my grandson recognizes what is his, so do I. The Lord Jesus….He is MY God.
I woke up this past Monday with the words of an old chorus on my lips. “Oh God, You are my God, And I will ever praise You!” It has been years since this has been sung in my church, yet, there it was, on my lips as I woke up. The song continues with a prayerful commitment to seek God, learn of His ways, and follow Him all of the days. This is my personal tag to my resolution this new year of 2013; to have a closer walk with Jesus. To seek, learn, and follow Him more closely is my prayed plea!
Yes. As I gaze up at the corner of my painting I can say without doubt and with poetic license: “Mine. Dat’s MY God!” I know it in my heart. I am His and He is mine. Won’t you grab onto faith and exclaim the same?
There are 46 more things I know about God painted on my canvas and I will delight to share them with you over the next 46 weeks…tune into
47 Things on Thursdays
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