When we are traveling abroad our identity is in a small little book. If we should lose our passport then we are in a whole lot of trouble. As Christians many times as we go through this life we forget we are not of this world. We lose our identity as to who we are and where we really belong. We look at what is going on in this world and try to fit into the demands of the culture and social media puts on us daily. These demands change almost daily and are impossible to meet. By anchoring our identity to something that is constantly changing we become insecure in our true identity.
There is one being that is secure in His identity and that is God. We see a short but powerful insight into God’s identity in Jeremiah 32:27,
Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?
He starts off with the proper name of the one true God, Yĕhovah — the existing One, self-Existent or Eternal. There is no beginning and no end to Him. This means we can trust Him to be there for us all the time.
Next, He is the “God of all flesh.” Here we have the God of Creation, ‘Elohim — is mentioned first in Genesis 1:1 and the rest of the Creation story. By stating that He is the God of all flesh/mankind, He is saying I Am the God that made you and since I created you I know you.
Which leads to the last statement about Himself. “Is there anything too hard for Me?” Let me rephrase that question with the various meaning of the word used for hard, pala’.
Is there anything too beyond My power, difficult, wonderful, extraordinary, marvelous, miraculous, wondrous for Me?
God is secure in who He is. There is no question in His mind as to who He is and what He can do. When the angel told Mary that she was going to have a baby and Elizabeth was pregnant, he ended his statement in Luke 1: 37,
For nothing will be impossible with God.
To which Mary responded with, in verse 38,
Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.
Mary found her identity in God knowing that He can do what He says He will do. Like Mary, we need to find our identity in God. When we place our identity in the identity of God then we have nothing to prove and no one to impress.
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