The power and tenderness of our Holy God are inseparable manifestations of the way our Lord leads, protects and cares for us as His children. God reveals Himself to us as both the absolute Sovereign Authority over our lives and as our gentle, compassionate Intimate Abba whose love for us is beyond our comprehension and imagination. Our God’s Sovereignty and Intimacy are intricately interwoven to bring all of us the fullness of God’s guardianship and presence.
To experience God’s fullest love for us, we must acknowledge and trust both His Sovereignty and His Intimacy. We must yield to God’s rule and be cradled in God’s care.
See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm…He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. – Isaiah 40:10-11
Being under the Sovereign Authority of our Holy God and in a deeply trusting relationship with our Intimate Abba is the safest, most beautiful place any of us could ever be! And we need to rest there…live there…in our hearts, in our minds, in our souls and – Yes! – even in our practical, taking-care-of-business, tangible, daily-day lives here on this earth.
As a child, the authority I knew was most often cruel or cold, attacking or absent. And any intimacy I knew was false, forced, dangerous and deceptive. But! What I knew as a child does not in any way reflect the grace and truth of our Sovereign and Intimate God! No! In Jesus Christ I have found not only safety and beauty but, also, my greatest freedom and most powerful strength as I let God be God in my life.
To let God be God, I must choose to acknowledge that my Lord Jesus does, indeed, have the right to be and, in the eternal reality of all things, is my Sovereign Authority. I must acknowledge that God’s Authority is good and faithful, wise and wonderful. To let God be God, I must choose to trust, over and over and over again, that the One True God of all that exists truly loves me as my Intimate Abba, my Heavenly Father. And I must trust, outrageously and wholeheartedly, that my Intimate Abba always and only wants the very best for me, wants to know me deeply, wants me to know Him deeply, wants to spend time with me (every moment, actually), promises He will never leave me, passionately declares that there is nothing in all creation that could ever separate me from my Intimate Abba and His unfailing love.
Letting God be God brings such love, wisdom, strength, peace, hope, joy and freedom into our lives – right now, right here, and right until we are fully gathered in our Lord’s arms on the other side of eternity!
I pray that each of us will choose to acknowledge and trust God as our Sovereign Authority and Intimate Abba in an ever-growing way, every day of our lives!