I was about nine years old when I first began to seriously (as seriously as a nine year old can think) think about Jesus Christ. It wasn’t until I was seventeen that I cemented a relationship with Him that revolutionized my life. I realized that knowing Him was more than obligating me to a certain moral standard of living. It was more than agreeing to live by a new code of conduct.
When I made the decision to follow Jesus Christ, I became permanently connected to the source above all sources, to the power above all powers, to the name above all names. Jesus is not just my teacher. He is my Lord, and he is my Savior. He is not just powerful, He is All-Powerful. He is not just wise, he is All-Knowing. He does not just love, He is Love. That means God is BIG!
From the awe of God in my childhood to the inquisitiveness of my youth and the deepening of my understanding of God as an adult, I have come to realize that it’s difficult to rise above a situation if I’m not fully convinced that God is bigger than my situation. It’s difficult to experience power over the darkness in life—the darkness of fear, doubt, and sin—if I am not fully convinced that God has the power and the desire to deliver me from darkness.
It’s difficult to experience the abundant life if I’m not fully convinced that Jesus came to give me abundant life. In order to fully experience God, I have to know him. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30) He also said, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9). Knowing Jesus means knowing God.
There is a song entitled, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades.” That song can be an anthem of the one thing we all have in common: the possibility of a bright future, but so often storm clouds are on the horizon. I have learned that I can trust in the promises of God, that He will never leave me, He will be there with me to give me the strength I need to overcome every challenge, every setback.
Let the storm clouds come, I have a Savior who says to the storms, “…Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. (Mark 4:39)