Sometimes in the still of the night when my house is quiet I lie on my bed and ponder on: How Great is my God? In 1 Samuel 3:9 9 And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord is speaking to Samuel and when Samuel runs to Eli thinking that Eli is calling him, Eli discerns that the Lord is calling Samuel. Eli then advises Samuel to lie down (be still and quiet) and listen for the Lord. Great advice for when Samuel got into his quiet place and just listened the Lord revealed great things to him.
Early this morning as I lay in my quiet place I thought on how noisy my life is. I grew up in a very large family and I live in my own very large family. So there is really no such thing as quiet or peace until I purposely make it so. That is not always an easy task. With my day job, writing, the kids and grand kids, and all things social media going full steam all day every day I have learned to treasure my quiet time alone in my “quiet place” with the Lord.
On this Saturday morning my thoughts turned to how I would spend my day. I had been thinking I would like to go see Noah at the theater. I know, I know there are a lot of negative things floating around out there about this movie. I still want to see it and judge for myself. However, one little thing has been bothering me and that is there is no mention of God as we know him. God is referred to in this movie only as the Creator.
“God, how do you feel about being referred to as the Creator? I mean is that a good thing or a bad thing?” I ask out loud as I am still swaddled in my blankets lying in my quiet place in the early morning hours.
Since the Lord is faithful it was not long before I had an answer in the peaceful voice that speaks on the inside of me. The Holy Spirit. In this way the Lord reveals to me two things.
One, in an effort to not offend the people of the world and their many diverse religions the makers of this movie went with a generic term “The Creator” to encompass all. Insert my own thought here: My God is all and he is “The Creator” of all things. This movie does not change the great “I AM” in any way shape or form nor does it change his word. No matter how people perceive God or his word, He never changes.
Two, and this is the real point of this article, no matter what you call our God, be it Jehova, Yaweh, “I AM”, or just plain Lord he answers to his name being called. In just the way you turn to a person who calls out your name the Lord turns to you when you call his name. Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.
This is powerful stuff. By just calling out his name the Lord in his temple hears you. This is why there is power in his name. I want to add to this that no man may come to the father except through the son, Jesus. John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
To me this makes perfect sense. When you don’t know what to say, just say Jesus. There is power in the name to gain the ear of the Lord. Amen.