Psalm 42:2 – “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” NKJV
Matthew 16:16 – “Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” NKJV
One distinction that the Hebrews made regarding Jehovah was that He was THE LIVING GOD as opposed to the man-made gods of those around them. That distinction is vital in our walk in the present world. What does it mean to have THE LIVING GOD as our God? If God is LIVING there are some aspects of a Living God that should come to the forefront in our thinking and discussion.
THE LIVING GOD…
- He is a SPEAKING God.
The number of references in Scripture to that fact are too numerous to list. The Bible is replete with the phrases, “And God said” and “Thus saith the Lord”. He spoke before the creation of man ‘speaking’ the world into existence. He spoke after the creation of man as He walked in the Garden and conversed with Adam. He has spoken throughout history through His creation, His word, His prophets, people and situations. If, as the Bible declares, He is the same yesterday, today and forever, does He not continue to speak? If He is THE LIVING GOD then He continues to speak the problem is man does not always listen.
- He is a HEALING God.
He heals broken hearts, broken bodies, broken lives, broken homes, broken churches, broken nations and our broken world. If he healed in times past and is THE LIVING GOD the same yesterday, today and forever does He not Heal today? The issue is not His ability or willingness to heal that which we bring to Him but our willingness to allow Him access to those areas where healing is needed.
- He is a RIGHTEOUS God.
He has declared that we are to be “Holy” because He is holy and the Bible is filled with references regarding the desire, design and directive that we are to seek Righteousness in our daily walk. The New Testament brings us an incredible introduction to Grace but does not negate the requirement that we are to be Holy in our conduct. If God is LIVING and the same then dare we disregard His directive of RIGHTEOUSNESS? Sadly, man in his desire to be accepted with the human depravity in mind concocts doctrines that allow a lesser degree of RIGHTEOUSNESS than the Bible describes.
The beauty of having a God who is LIVING is that no matter what enemy we encounter, problem we face, or situation that comes before us HE IS. Unlike the creations of man’s hand or mind HE CAN. He offers a shelter in the time of storm and can control the storm. He offers life in the midst of darkness. In contrast to the false gods of man’s creation HE LIVES! In His being alive He offers hope because He is I AM THAT I AM. He lives!
May God be with you as you go through your day!