El Ghah’y: The Living God

| Kristen Sorrell

“Jesus Christ is our Living Hope. Through His death He has given us life.”

And Joshua said, “Here is how you shall know that the living God is among you and that He will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites.” (Joshua 3:10)

Three days after his body was laid to rest in a tomb, “…the angels said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen…’” (Luke 24:5,6). My eyes always fill with tears and my heart feels so full when I read those verses aloud to my children. Why? Because the same God who won Joshua’s battles miraculously conquered sin on a cross and still affects our lives and our world today.

He is The Living God – there is only one. No one is like our God. Throughout history, people groups have created ideas or images of gods to account for what their human hearts needed explained. Individual, powerful leaders fashioned entire religions, but Buddha, Confucious, and Joseph Smith were all born. And then, as all humans do, they died. They have a clear beginning and a clear end. Our God has always been and always shall be. The God. The Living God.

Knowing this, we must choose how to respond. We can mock, as many in the Old Testament did, in malice. We can fear and tremble, as the demons do (James 2:19), yet remain contrary to His will. Or, we can stand firm *in* Him, knowing He is just as mighty today as He was the day He created the universe.

Believers, true followers of The Living God, are not without hope, as are so many who follow the ideas or images of gods of their own making. Jesus Christ is our Living Hope. Through His death He has given us life.

After He ascended into Heaven, Jesus sat down at the right hand of His Father because His work of salvation was done. But He is not done. He is alive. And it is because of His saving work on the cross that we, too, can be alive with Him forever. All praise to our Living Hope!