Devotionals for September 2017


#46 A Perpetual Wonder


I AM is a surprising God. He is startling to our farthest imagination. He explodes our favorite labels. If God is not a perpetual wonder and a fascinating puzzle to me, maybe I have not discovered Him…as HE IS.

#45 Learning Who and What I Am Not


I must learn long and painfully WHO I am not – God. I must also know WHAT I am not – like Him. It will become clear who I am – dust – and whose Identity I need – CHRIST’S! Then what I am to do … Continue reading

#44 Limited by Knowledge of I AM


God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM;” and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.” Exodus 3:14 NASB Your life is the exact measure of your view … Continue reading

#43 The Great Mystery of God’s Nature


The New Testament explodes with I AM and takes up the great mystery of His nature… Jesus came to reveal, to blind humanity, the splendor of the God we left and forgot in Eden.

#42 The Answer to the Question


The Bible is entirely the answer to the question, “Who are You, God?” The Old Testament reveals ”I AM” by His deeds and words, by His prophets and leaders. The New Testament reveals “I AM” through His Son, whose likeness … Continue reading

#41 The One Who is I AM


John the Baptist somehow knew I AM, and in the mirror of that comparison, he was smitten with “I am not…” By seeing Him who IS ALL, John was diminished in himself and reduced to the simple realm of God’s … Continue reading

#40 Knowing Who I Am Not


John the Baptist said, “I am not…” “I am not the Christ. I am not Elijah. I am not a prophet.” Because John knew clearly who he was not and what he was not, he could become…simply and fully…who he … Continue reading

#39 Who is I AM


God gave Moses a name that had not been revealed to humanity: Tell them I AM sent you. I AM. I am…who? I AM…what? “Amidst all the gods of Egypt (the world) I AM the only God, the God above … Continue reading

#38 You are Not God, I AM


All life situations, all challenges, and all embarrassments are simply this: God saying, “You are not God. I AM.”

#37 Joy in Our Fearsome God


Habakkuk burst forth in exuberant recognition. A Magnificent God, a Flaming Force, utterly potent in the heavens: Habakkuk 3:11 Sun and moon stood in their places; they went away at the light of Your arrows, at the radiance of Your … Continue reading

#36 Shattered by His Words and Presence


Habakkuk was faint in body, his obdurate flesh stricken. Shattered by His Words and Presence, Habakkuk was reduced to naked faith in a Breathtaking God. A man doesn’t acquire faith. He is reduced to it…by humiliation. No longer would poverty … Continue reading

#35 God Comes to the Man Who Seeks Him


God comes to the man who seeks His counsel, and in that the answer is ever and only…Himself. This is who I AM. Sovereign. His Towering Presence shook Habakkuk and put him in his smallness. To study God is to think … Continue reading

#34 The Wonderful Defeat of Habakkuk


God loves an honest battle. He has no amenity for cowards. He wins. He always wins. This also Habakkuk knew beforehand. He set himself on the rampart to be corrected and wanted to be so. I will stand my watch … Continue reading

#33 The Man Who Wrestles with God


Habakkuk 2:20b Let all the earth be silent before Him. Man has nothing true to say against God and no advice for Him. Because He is I AM, shut up. God is God…ruling and omnipotent. He can do whatever, whenever, … Continue reading

#32 God is on the Throne


Habakkuk 2:20 The Lord is in His Holy temple.  God is on the throne. No one has ever usurped that throne. No one ever will. Or ever could. No one thwarts Him, stops Him, or stumps Him. (Excerpted from Martha … Continue reading

#31 Justice Delayed Is Not Justice Denied


Habakkuk 2:1 I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me.  What came was the certain promise of Divine Justice from the very mouth of Justice Himself. The question was not “whether,” only “when.” Habakkuk 2:3 KJV … Continue reading

#30 Few Will Watch and Listen


Some will never say to God’s face what they imagine He doesn’t hear in their hearts. Now Habakkuk climbed upon the ramparts to watch and listen. He gave God opportunity to answer. Few will do that. I will keep watch … Continue reading

#29 Shaken and Shocked by God


Habakkuk 1:13 ESV You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do You idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?  The wicked sent … Continue reading

#28 Honest Indignation and Moral Outrage


Habakkuk roared his moral outrage. “Justice never prevails,” he said. “Destruction and violence are before me” (Hab. 1:3). I AM answered quickly. But instead of pacifying the indignant man He loved, God proceeded to incite him further. He shocked Habakkuk … Continue reading

#27 Complain or Confront


The difference between Habakkuk and others is this: Habakkuk deliberately hurled the insults to God Himself. We usually complain about an impotent God to each other and rumble about His failures in secret to our own counsel. The everyday type … Continue reading