"You are worthy of it all
You are worthy of it all
For from You are all things
And to You are all things
You deserve the glory"
He is worthy of it all. This truth is something that I came to fully understand several days ago, while reading Isaiah 55. When first reading, I was left a little confused. However, after praying, diving deeper into scripture, and looking into a few commentaries, I believe I have a better understanding and I am excited to share!
Before we begin the discussion of "giving it all" to the Father, I believe it is important to understand why God is worthy of it.
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?”
“Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?”
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
In Romans 11, Paul is very clear in separating us from God. While reading this scripture, I was reminded of a song my childhood church would sing. The question the song posed was "Who is like the Lord?" and then it would quickly answer with the next verse by say "nobody". No one is like the Lord. He is the beginning and the end, the author and the finisher, perfect in nature and holy in every way. His holiness alone calls for our praise.
My friend Abby once said, "Our praise should not be contingent on blessings" and I could not agree with her more. He is not worthy because of the things He has blessed us with, but rather He is worthy because He is holy.
Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
What does that even mean? We know about the free gift of Salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus, but this verse was written in the Old Testament. The book of Isaiah is full of prophecies of the coming of the Messiah. From his birth to his death on the cross. 700 years before Christ came, Isaiah paints this picture of a freely given gift. Isaiah 55:1 is an invitation to all who thirst and are hungry but have nothing of similar value to exchange. Through grace, we are invited to drink His living water and to enjoy the abundance of His milk and the joy of His wine.
Now, even though this gift is freely given to us, it is worth any amount of our sacrifice. He is worthy of it all.
In Matthew 13:44, Jesus tells a parable of a man who found treasure in a field. Before taking the treasure, the man sells everything he owns in order to buy the field. Why would he buy the land, when he could have just taken the treasure he found in it?
Let's get some context…
During this time, there were no banks or storage units that could hold things of value. So, people would hide their most precious items in their land, in hopes that it would not be stolen from inside their home. If someone did find something of value, in the ground, it still legally belonged to the current landowner.
That is why the man sold everything he had. He knew that he would have to buy the property, for the treasure it held. He saw that the value of the treasure was far more than anything he owned and knew he wanted full ownership of it. The treasure that he stumbled upon required sacrifice.
In John 4:14, Jesus is talking to the woman at the well.
but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
After Jesus gracefully told her who she was and revealed who He is. The woman returned to the city to inform everyone of the man she had encountered. In John 4:28, it says that she left behind her water pot before returning to the city. Why did she leave this behind? I believe that this water pot represented many things, such as the hurt, shame, loneliness, and worthlessness that she carried up to the well each time she came to refill. When she met Jesus, she left all of that behind and received an everlasting life with Him.
A good friend of mine summarizes what it means to believe that He is worthy of it all, by saying," It looks like meeting Jesus face to face, leaving behind what we have been carrying and stepping into the fullness of who He is."
One of the most commonly used names for God is Jehovah Jireh, which means "The Lord will provide". We can see time and time again throughout Scripture where God provides for His people, and I believe that with a little self-reflection, we can see where He has moved in our very own lives. By stepping into the fullness of who He is, we realize that our God is all-knowing and all-powerful. We can lay everything at His feet not only because He is worthy, but also because we know that what He has in store for us is so much greater than anything we could have held onto.
He is worthy of it all.