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My God is…Supreme Colossians 1:15-18

Colossians 1:15-18 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation

What does it mean to be the image of something? People say it about children sometimes, “She is the spitting image of her mother”. I always thought that was an interesting concept. That the child is so similar to its parents that it is as if they had been spit out of the mouth of that parent. Now this verse doesn’t say that Jesus is the spitting image, but it does say that He is the image of the invisible God. I don’t know about you, but I’m a visual person. It’s really helpful to me to know and see representations (no matter how flawed) of my Lord. I guess I’m a bit like Thomas. Blessed are those who do not see but yet they believe. (John 20:29)

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together

What an amazing phrase – in Him all things hold together. Isn’t that the truth. It is for me. When I’m down or things in my life seem to be out of control, I start an assessment process. I like to try to dissect the problem to see what I can do about it. Without a doubt, one of the first things I realize is that I’m usually not spending much time with my Lord. I’m distracted by the day-to-day junk in my life, and haven’t kept my eyes on Him. When things are being held together, I can be sure I’ve been pulling away from God. The same is true in my marriage. With God at the center, we’re able to keep our priorities straight, but when we I start to think about myself more than my husband or Christ Jesus, thinks go all catawampus, out of line. But when Jesus is the focus of my attention, my life and my marriage are held together. He is the glue holding the pieces of this broken world together.

So that in everything he might have the supremacy

Have you ever gotten a new boss? If they didn’t have the experience or knowledge you thought they should have, wasn’t it hard to respect them? Perhaps you know someone who got a promotion that seemed out of line. You were sure you (or someone else) was more qualified. In the verses above, we’re shown clearly why Jesus is the right man for the job. Why did it have to be Jesus, because it didn’t have to be Jesus. He was supreme. He was above everything else. That’s why Lent and Easter are so amazing. He didn’t have to sacrifice Himself. He was set apart as more important than anyone else. He’s God. But He didn’t let his rank, position or supremacy get in the way of what needed to be done, but on the contrary, because He was Supreme, He was the only one who clearly didn’t deserve that punishment on the cross. He could have avoided it, but because He loved you, and because He loved me, He put aside his position and gave up His life so we could go to heaven.

What is supreme in your life?

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in My God is Supreme

 

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My God is…Wise Romans 11:33

Romans 11:33: “Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and His ways!”

Hindsight is 20/20

Hindsight is 20/20

This wasn’t how things were supposed to turn out.
When I was young, I wanted to be a teacher. I think it was mainly because my Dad was a teacher, and a really good one. I had my eye on the prize. And I did become a teacher. I had great students, parents and the other teachers were wonderful. But after a year and a half, my husband and I were sent to England with his job in the military. In England I would have had to take a year of classes to even teach there, and we were only staying for three, so I didn’t pursue it any further. It didn’t really work out the way I expected. I actually thought about teaching more years than I taught.

But in retrospect

Hindsight is 20/20 they say, and while I wouldn’t say we always get the reasons clearly revealed to us, I would say that the Lord has certainly used my short stint as a teacher for my best. You see as a trained church teacher, I was sent to Idaho. Now this girl was not even thinking about going to Idaho. But if that’s where God wanted me, I was willing to go. While I was there (for that whole year and a half). I met my husband. He’s 8 years older than me, and if I had met him before this time, I wouldn’t have been old enough to really be considered as someone he would want to date. But now I was a young woman. I had a career, and loved my job. These are things he found attractive about me (maybe not the only things).

Again God did things differently than I expected

My husband had been stationed in Idaho for 8 years when I met him. He thought they had forgotten about him. Our plan was to stay and have me teach there for as long as we could. As soon as we got engaged (a mere nine months after meeting) he got orders to England. Amazing. I had always hoped to go overseas, but until meeting my husband, I didn’t have any reason to think I would get there. Now I was going to live there. Amazing.  But that also meant leaving a place I had grown to love in a very short time. But it did feel like God was moving us along, not really our own will.

Some things we may never understand (until we get to heaven)

Shortly after we were married, we found out that we were pregnant. It was quick. I was so worn out, and feeling sick. I didn’t know what was going on with me. I could hardly stay awake at staff devotions (this is when the pastor and his wife knew I was pregnant). A week or so later, I took the test. We were shocked. We really hadn’t expected to start a family so quickly, but if that was God’s will we were going to go with it. Unfortunately a few weeks later I suffered a miscarriage. I was only seven weeks along, and some would say it’s not even a baby yet, but we were in love with our little one already. I don’t know if I’ll ever know why we didn’t get to meet that little one, but God knows, and though I don’t understand, I know He is wiser and more understanding than I ever could be and I can trust He can use it to work for my good.

What have you understood more looking back?

Is there anything that became clearer for you with the 20/20 hindsight view? Have you seen the Lord’s work after the fact? Maybe you’re going through something now. Hopefully the verse above will bring you some comfort knowing that the Lord is wise and that it’s natural for us not to understand his ways sometimes. That doesn’t mean we don’t necessarily have to stop believing when His ways don’t make sense to us.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in God is Wise

 

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