Who am I?
This is a question that has been running through my head for the last few days. Why, you might ask? Because there are times where lies try to sneak in, where the enemy whispers what appears to be true. In those moments, the question “who am I?” is incredibly useful.
You see, there are a few ways that the question “who am I?” can I be approached.
I used to approach it like this:
“I can’t figure out how to get anything right. I’m not good enough and won’t ever be. Who am I? What’s the point?” I answered as though this question was of no use, and it merely highlighted my lack of value.
But now, I’m learning to approach it like this:
“I'm hitting a rough patch, but who am I? Who does God say that I am? What’s still true even now?” "Who am I BECAUSE of Who He is?" That same question, "Who am I" now reminds me of my value.
Despite circumstance, struggles and worldly perspectives, the fact is that God, is still God! He’s unwavering and unchanging. Meaning that no matter what is or isn’t going on, He is who He says that He is.
Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about Jesus sleeping on the boat. The disciples were afraid. They probably thought they were going to die in the midst of the waves, but yet Jesus was there totally at rest and unwavered by the storm.
His perspective: “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Ouch! Imagine being on the receiving end of that line?
But, in a lot of ways the questions “Do you still have no faith?” still applies.
While we’re fighting the lies, but not quite believing the truth: Do you still have no faith?
While we feel like we’re drowning and only able to see the storm: Do you still have no faith?
While your loved ones are fighting disease and you wonder where God is: Do you still have no faith?
While you dream the possible that seems impossible though He said it was possible: Do you still have no faith?
Do we live a life that shows we believe He is who He says He is? Does our faith baffle others in the face of our circumstances? Do we know that we’re on the boat with Jesus who is sleeping through the storm, not because He doesn’t care but because He knows exactly who He is and what He can do and what’s to come?
Jesus Calms the Storm
35 As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” 36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.
38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”
39 When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”