Mighty God | Devotion #3: El Gibbor
Donna Fox | Assistant to the Growth Pastor
It seems everyone is searching for something (or someone) to fill a void in their life. Until we find Jesus, we are empty. This was me as a child and young adult. My father was an alcoholic. Life was not pleasant a lot of the time. I would lie in bed at night, listening to the fighting and commotion, thinking that there has got to be something out there I am missing in my life. I longed for peace. God offers peace, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
I used to watch Superman on TV. Lois Lane would get herself into a predicament, and mild-mannered Clark Kent would transform into her superhero and rescue her. One time she was falling off the roof of a building several stories high, and of course, at the last moment, Superman swooped down and caught her. I was searching for that hero, someone to rescue me.
I needed a warrior, a strong, powerful Savior to enter my life and rescue me. My father did not fill that role. My brothers did not either. Not even my husband, as wonderful as he was (and is) could fit the role. He was not that “superhero” I needed to rescue me. I wanted a mighty warrior. In Hebrew, Mighty God is translated “El Gibbor,” the ultimate power over all. I longed for an “El Gibbor” in my life. I finally found him on April 24, 1995!
When I was introduced to Jesus and began a relationship with Him, I was rescued! A Mighty God had come into my life, and I knew He would fill the void. This was what I was searching for all my life. I was finally fulfilled and at peace. This was the superhero I needed in my life. One that would always be there to protect me, comfort me, and love me. In Hebrews 13:5, He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
I spent years expecting someone to “save” me, a Savior. The Jews did as well. As prophesied in Isaiah and throughout the Old Testament, the Jews were expecting the Messiah to come and rescue them. When He did come, some recognized Jesus was the expected one; some did not. When your Savior calls out for you, do you recognize it is the Mighty God?
You are falling off the rooftop. You are almost to the first floor and then the ground. A Mighty God is reaching out to catch you and rescue you from certain death. Will you accept Him into your life? He is just waiting for you to believe and start a relationship with Him. Then the void in your life will be filled with His peace and love!