Day 1 of 6
Ask the Creator
As we look around the world today people seem to be searching for who they really are. In the quest to understand or find the answer, the idea of going to the extreme to be different somehow becomes the priority. We identify identity with popularity, success, careers, relationships, education, position, status, geographical locations , economic backgrounds, and the culture of the day just to list a few. Somehow, we narrow down who we are by what we do or who we are associated with. The definition of identity is, “Who you are, the way you think about yourself, the way you are viewed by the world and the characteristics that define you. It also means the exact likeness in nature and qualities.” I particularly like the last statement in the definition of identity because, as believers, we do not find our identity in something, but rather we find our identity in Someone and His name is Jesus. If we never come to the realization that who we are is not what we do, we will forever be chasing every new fad and every new swing of the culture around us. That, my friends, will be a wilderness experience for the rest of our lives. We are so much more than the certificate we have hanging on our walls. We are so much more than the brand of clothes and shoes we wear, or the color of our skin, eyes or hair; yet the world around us seems to dictate to us who we should be.
For many years I struggled with my identity, born to an interracial couple, and then raised by a single parent, then from living in an abusive home to having no parents and becoming responsible at a very young age. I struggled with my faith, wondering how a loving God could allow me to face all these different scenarios in one life. My identity struggle led me to make bad decisions because I was always looking to be made whole by things and people. As a result, I slipped further into the dictates and opinions of the world around me. But God had a plan all along. I had to come to the end of my false sense of identity to face God like Moses did after he ran away from Egypt. In one day Moses went from being the prince of Egypt to a fugitive. Why? He was made for more but because he did not know who he was, his actions started to define him until that day when he had the encounter with God in the form of the burning bush. In order to understand who we are, we will have to exhaust all our abilities, smarts, and self-sufficiency and face God to find out the truth about our identity.
You see only the manufacturer of a product can tell you effectively about that product because it was made by them. So in order to find out who you really are, you will have to spend time with the one who made you. God knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb, He saw your whole life before you ever lived one day of it. So why not take a moment today to come to His feet, sit there a while and ask Him about you. I am sure your Heavenly Father would love to have that face to face with you.
“God is the only one who has the authority to tell you who you are.” Sarah Mae
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
Psalms 139:13-16 KJV