I’m going to get a little creative here and approach today’s post from a whole different direction.
My blogging buddies over at 5-Minute Friday are writing on a different prompt word every day this month. Today’s word is . . . PURPLE!! I just can’t pass that up. (Besides, “purple” was one of my suggestions for the 5MF prompts. It would be wrong of me not to join in.)
I had planned to write my post on knowing God today. That’s a very important topic I don’t want to skip, but this purple thing is really pulling at me. So I got the crazy idea of combining the two into a single post. (My husband is the king of efficiency. He will be so proud. 🙂 )
I’ve been asking myself this week, how can I share about who God is using the color purple? I checked out God’s word for the answer.
Did you know that “purple” is used 51 times in the Bible? In addition, “amethyst” is used 3 times and since amethysts are always purple, that counts.
As I read through these verses, I realized all they fell pretty neatly into 3 categories. In the Bible, purple is used to describe wealth, royalty, and worship.
So what does purple tell us about God?
God is the richest guy ever and He wants to lavish His gifts of grace on us.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
God is the ultimate ruler. He is great and mighty and eternal. His rule never ends.
God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.
1 Timothy 6: 15b-16a
But the LORD is the only true God. He is the living God and the everlasting King!
Jeremiah 10:10, NLT
God is worthy of our worship because at His core, God is both good and great.
Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.
Psalm 96:9, NLT
If He were great but not good, He would be a potential monster and tyrant. He would be all-powerful, but we wouldn’t be able to trust Him. We would cower and appease and hide, but we would not enjoy fellowship with Him.
If He were good but not great, He would very benevolent towards us but impotent. He would like to help us out, but would be limited in His ability to do so.
We worship God because He is good as well as great.
But many of the purple verses about worship are not about worshiping the one true God at all. Idols were also clothed in purple.
Most Americans don’t make little statues and bow down to them, but that doesn’t mean we are free from idolatry. Idols are anything other than God that become the center of our lives.
The most common way we make an idol is by picking and choosing what we want to believe about God or just coming up with our own theories about Him rather than relying on who He has revealed Himself to be through His Word.
It is important that we get to know God as He has revealed Himself to us. We can’t design a God of our own making. God is not Burger King. You can’t have it your way.
So there you have it—the purpleness of God. It’s not the post I intended to write, but I hope it blessed you anyway. I pray you go out into your world today meditating on the richness, royalty, goodness, and greatness of our God. Be blessed by thinking of Him!
“More Than You Think I Am” by Danny Gokey
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Elizabeth is a military spouse, veteran, and mother of eight. Above and beyond caring for her family, her mission is to offer words that sustain weary moms and to empower and equip them to live and parent with purpose.