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He is Worthy of Honor
November 20-24, 2023 | Always Peachy Devotionals | The Names of God Week 4
What does it mean to honor someone?
I used to enjoy watching some of the award shows for movies and television. It was always fun to see if the movies I had loved would win an award. I remember watching as Peter Jackson’s The Return of the King won 11 Academy Awards. I was so pleased because that movie, to this day, remains an astonishing achievement.
But ultimately, that’s what an award does: It honors someone. It acknowledges a job well done or an extraordinary achievement. It recognizes that someone has done something worthy of being honored.
And while it’s important to acknowledge our artists and inventors and leaders, have we ever considered that what we are honoring them for is mostly temporary? Sure, whatever they did may be a historical thing. It may be a landmark event that future generations use as a reference for years to come. But what is that in the face of eternity? Any human accomplishment fades away when compared to the sheer enormity of an eternal future. It doesn’t matter if your work earned you 11 Oscars or not; if it has no eternal value, it will eventually fade into obscurity.
If it is important to acknowledge temporary acts of greatness, how much more important is it to acknowledge the ones that last? How much more vital is it that we give honor to God for all the mighty things He has done?
It’s easy to give someone an award for a job well done. Why isn’t it easy to give God the credit for creating the universe? For intervening in our lives to save us? For helping us in our darkest moments?
The names of God that we are going to look at this week are focused on giving God the honor He deserves. These names are us recognizing that He is our personal Savior, our Lord, our Creator, and the One Who Makes Us Holy.
Nov 20 - Logos, The Word (John 1:1)
Nov 21 - El Elyon, The Most High God (Genesis 14:18-20)
Nov 22 - Jehovah Mekoddishkem, The Lord Who Sanctifies (Exodus 31:13)
Nov 23 - Jehovah Raah, My Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)
Nov 24 - Jehovah Hosenu, Our Maker (Psalm 95:6)
Throughout human history—and even our own personal histories—we have allowed other priorities to rule our lives. Maybe you still do. It’s not uncommon to let something temporary become the most important thing in your life. But when you compare your life under those false gods to your life under the One True God, there isn’t a comparison.
Serving a temporary idol may feel good at the moment, but further down the road, you won’t find it fulfilling. Further down the road, you’ll need help that your idol can’t provide, and you’ll be in deeper trouble than you were when you started.
Yet oftentimes we honor our careers, our wealth, our status, and our influence far above God. And God is the only one who truly deserves to be honored.
That’s what led me to Isaiah 26:13 as our memory verse for this week.
A life without Jesus is empty and meaningless. You can try to find purpose without Jesus, but since God is the Creator who designed us for a specific reason, looking for our purpose outside of Him will always end in disappointment.
Acknowledge what Jesus has done in your life. Recognize Him for who He is. Honor Him first. He is the only One who is truly worthy of it.
Praying for each of you this week
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