Who Am I

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 1 Chronicles 16-18; John 7:28-53

16 Then King David went and sat in the Lord’s presence. He asked:

Who am I, Lord God, and of what significance is my family that you have brought me this far? 17 But even this was too small in your eyes, God. You have spoken about the future of your servant’s dynasty and have chosen me as an important person, Lord God.

18 What more can I say to you for honoring your servant? You yourself know your servant. 19 Lord, for your servant’s sake and according to your will, you have done this great thing in order to make all these great things known.

20 Lord, no one can compare to you, no God except you, just as we have heard with our own ears. (1 Chronicles 17:16-20, Common English Bible).

“I was the only person ever to serve as governor of two states as well as in Congress from both. My Indian name was ‘Coloneh’ but they also called me “The Big Drunk.” I was first a Protestant then a Roman Catholic and then a Protestant again. Who Am I?”

“I was one of the twelve disciples. I am only mentioned three times in the Bible, each time I am bringing someone to meet Jesus. One of those three walked, with Jesus, on water. Who am I?”

It’s a game many of us played as children. I even wrote a sermon  using the idea once when I was preaching on Jesus’ question to the disciples, “Who do you say I am?”

I always loved that game when I was a kid. I guess I still do but if I was actually to play the game I think I would make the clues considerably more difficult.

That is the way we often think of the question when we read “Who am I?” But there is another. It is the way Casting Crowns means the term in their popular song by the same title. The song says, in part:

Who am I, that the lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt?
Who am I, that the bright and morning star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart?

Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin
Would look on me with love
And watch me rise again?
Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea
Would call out through the rain
And calm the storm in me?

I think King David would agree with their words. Part of today’s Journey Through Scripture readings is “David’s Song of Praise.” He begins it the same way. “Who am I, Lord God, and of what significance is my family that you have brought me this far?” David asks a really good question.

Who am I that God would care about me? Who am I that God would call me? Who am I that God would bless me in so many ways? Who am I…

I think I hear it more often in a still different way. “Who am I to deserve the destruction of my home in a tornado?” “Who am I to deserve this illness?” “Who am I to have to put up with this ungrateful person?” I can think of about ten parents and a whole bunch of kids in Santa Fe Texas right now that could ask the same question. The list of those who am I questions could go on almost as long as the who am I questions that are part of that kid’s game. Do you think you don’t hear those questions? Try it this way, “Why me?”

Don was a member of one of my churches early in my ministry. I never knew Don when he was well. He died shortly before I moved away. Don told me once, “When I first got sick I used to ask the question, “Why me?” (It could have been who am I to get sick?” Then one day, it dawned on me, “Why not me?”

David asks the question, “Why do you give me more than I deserve?” I think sometimes we ask the question, “Why don’t you give me what I deserve?” Friends, I really don’t think any of us want that.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyrigh 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


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