“A picture of God,” the little one replied without looking up from her work, her brow furrowed in concentration.
“Well, no one has ever seen God,” the mother proceeded to explain gently. “No one knows what He looks like.”
“They will when I’m finished!” the little girl replied, looking up at her mom with a confident smile…
We may not be able to describe God’s physical attributes, but we certainly have been given a detailed portrait of His character in the OldTestament, and He is revealed further through Christ in the New Testament (John 14:8-11).
We have seen the snapshot of Him as El – The Strong One, The Over-comer and as Elohim – The All-Powerful One, The Creator, and The Upholder of All Things. Yet our God is so much more!
We must remember that man does not give these names to God, but rather God has given them to Himself.
El Elyon – The Highest (as in a stack of books…the one on top). The Most High God. The Possessor of Heaven and Earth. The Strongest of the Strong.
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High (El Elyon), Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High (El Elyon), who delivered your enemies into your hand” Genesis 14:19-20 (NIV)
“To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal? says the Holy One.” Isaiah 40:25 (NIV)
El Elyon means the Strongest of the Strong. Therefore, Satan is no match for Him. The enemy can do nothing to a believer without El Elyon’s consent (Job 1:8-12, Luke 22:31-33). The only arrows of Satan that God will allow to hit are the ones that will achieve His divine purpose. And, He always removes the poison tip first.
If El Elyon is the Most High God, then what is His perspective on the trials and circumstances in my life?
As God the Most High, He controls ALL things. Nothing can thwart His plans. Not one single detail of our lives goes unnoticed by El Elyon…even those that may cause us pain. Sometimes, we may think God is surprised by the happenings in our lives, but we must remember He is sovereign. Sovereign means that God is in control of ALL things at ALL times! No one can ward off His hand.
“I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:4
I might not understand all that is going on around me, but I can trust El Elyon to work it all out for my eventual good (Rom 8:28). The world becomes a much scarier place filled with confusion and disappointment if we try to live without recognizing El Elyon.
“…if God is not sovereign, if He is not in control, if all things are not under His dominion, then He is not the Most High, and you and I are either in the hands of fate (whatever that is), in the hands of man, or in the hands of the devil.” Kaye Arthur
El Elyon is our Shelter (Psalm 91:1). If we choose to sit down with Him, dwell with Him and remain under His divine shadow at all times, He will protect us lovingly, tenderly and faithfully, as a mother hen does her chicks.
El Elyon is also our Protector and our Deliverer (Gen 14:18-24).
“And they remembered that God (El Elyon) was their Rock, and the Most High God (EL Elyon) was their Redeemer.” Psalm 78:35 (Amplified)
Oh, I am rebuked this morning by my own wrong thinking of my God!
How many times have I looked at His love through my circumstances rather than my circumstances through His love? How many times have I thought of Him in human terms? Yes, He is a personable God, but He is not a person! Unlike us, He is never weak and ineffective or fickle! God never leaves us high and dry. Even though we may feel He has forgotten us, El Elyon never forgets. El Elyon wants and desrves our trust at all times and in every situation. El Elyon is greater than our greatest problems!
God will make a way
where there seems to be no way,
He works in ways we cannot see,
He will make a way for me.
(Don Moen – God Will Make a Way)
Oh friend, our thoughts of our God need to be bigger!
May our hearts and voices join with Paul’s as we proclaim,“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. (Rom 11:33-36)
He is El! He is Elohim! He is El Elyon
Is it not time we tear up our one dimensional picture we have drawn of God and allow Him to show us who He really is? What a radical difference it would make in how we live, in how we worship and in how we pray!