God’s status as “Adonai” is a very difficult concept for American Christians. In the United States we’re used to the idea of democracy and the theory of our governance as being an assembly of equals. But, when it comes to God there are no equals.
I’m not talking about the equal members of the Godhead seen in the Trinity. I’m talking about God’s total and complete rule over the universe, the earth, and all humanity. There is a special rule God holds when it comes to people who are believers in His Son as their Savior and Lord. Did you catch the second part of Jesus’ title – Lord? That’s exactly what “Adonai” means.
As you read today’s thoughts from the Navigator’s tool “30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God” think about the meaning of “Adonai” not in the abstract but in the specifics of your life. And ask yourself the question, “Is God your Adonai?
quoting from the Navigator tool:
God is Adonai.
This name means “Master” or “Lord.” God, our Adonai, calls all God’s people to acknowledge themselves as His servants, claiming His right to reign as Lord of our lives.
Then David the king went in and sat before the Lord, and he said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far? “And yet this was insignificant in Your eyes, O Lord God, for You have spoken also of the house of Your servant concerning the distant future. And this is the custom of man, O Lord God. “Again what more can David say to You? For You know Your servant, O Lord God! 2 Samuel 7:18–20
Too often we want to make the gospel easy by emphasizing the “Savior” title of Christ and de-emphasizing the “Lord” element of salvation. Asking Christ to be your Savior without surrendering your life to His total Lordship is not a complete act of contrition.
He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. Romans 14:6–9
But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills,… 1 Corinthians 4:19
For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; Colossians 2:9–10
True salvation – true surrender, includes confession AND repentance. Repentance involves turning from our former way of life and surrendering control over to a loving King. He reigns over us from then on. We don’t tell God what we want… we ask Him what He wants. We don’t demand our rights… we give up all rights to our new Master. We don’t give God a vote in our decisions… we turn over our life’s direction to Him as “Adonai.”
So, is He your Adonai?
Think about it…