“And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.” Genesis 1:21
NO WONDER THE OCEAN IS SO BIG
In Genesis, the Bible says that the Lord created great whales. This Word “great” in the Hebrew is the word “gadowl”. Looking at the word in the original Hebrew text, gadowl (english translation “great”) means: large in magnitude, large in number, in intensity, loud, older, great in importance, God Himself (of GOD).
Seeing a pod of humpback whales firsthand must be intense! No wonder the ocean is so BIG! The whales are not only large in magnitude, large in number, large in intensity, loud, old, great in importance to the kingdom, they are a reflection of God HIMSELF.
CALLED TO BE GREAT! CALLED TO BE … I N T E N S E
“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:3-4
What about us? Aren’t we called to be GREAT as well? The Bible says in Genesis 12:3-4 that the Lord will make of Abraham and the house of Israel “a GREAT nation”. He even went so far as to tell father Abraham that He would “make thy name GREAT”.
The question for myself today is, am I living GREAT? I know in the past I have run into people who consider being called “intense” a negative thing. Perhaps they have been told to “relax, or calm down- you’re being too intense”. But here in scripture God Himself is saying that it is His people, the people of God ARE supposed to be GREAT, they are supposed to be found intense! This intensity is by design!
INTENSITY COMES FROM INTENSE PASSION
Only the truly GREAT ones are considered intense, because being found “great” also means to be found intense! Wow! It’s time to turn up the heat! It’s time to begin walking out our GREATNESS in our intensity! The nest person who calls us “intense” is complementing us, they are establishing the fact that we are children of God!
God’s design for His creation was to be considered GREAT. This takes the statement, “I see GREATNESS in you” to a whole new level!”
When we are found “GREAT” in His sight, we are found:
- Long lasting
- Of God Himself
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father God, it is my desire that I be found as one of your “greats”, a person of INTENSE faith and of an INTENSE heart for You. Let my heart be ever mindful of You and YOUR greatness oh God! YOU are intense, YOU are large, YOU are loud, YOU are long lasting, YOU are important, YOU are GOD! Also Lord, let me be found humble in my greatness in You. Lord keep me mindful that no matter how LARGE and INTENSE the pressures of this world get, YOU are my source, my Rock and even GREATER still than any trial or tribulation! How GREAT is our God! It is only in YOUR greatness that I can be made into anything great, and it is only through YOUR power that the level of intensity for You that I choose to have, can overcome the intensities of this world. PRAISE JESUS! In Your Son Jesus’ name I pray… AMEN!