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God Is Immanent (Up Close and Personal)

March 17, 2019

Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my right is disregarded by my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary.… Isaiah 40:27-28

Here is a person who feels that God does not seem to care. But it is precisely because of God’s greatness that he will not get weary of us.

You get tired of yourself—facing the same battles, the same limitations, and the same frustrations. But God never gets tired of you. He knows every thought in your head, every word you have ever said. He knows precisely what he is doing in your life.

The same God to whom the people of the world are like a swarm of grasshoppers, and the nations are as a drop in the bucket, is intimately concerned here in Isaiah 40 about one person who doesn’t know how to face tomorrow.

But how can God be so awesome and eternal, and at the same time so up close and personal? Everything God says about himself is portrayed for us in Jesus. He is the image of the invisible God, the exact representation of his being.

Jesus is not like God, he is God, in human flesh. See him bending on his knee and saying, “Let the children come to me.” See him talk to a woman by a well, a sincere rabbi who knew he had not found what he was looking for—talking, listening, leading, loving. See him with compassion for the crowds. Hear him say, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Take ten minutes and meditate on the awesome God who has taken on human flesh and come up close and personal in Jesus Christ.

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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