God is bigger than the boogie man. He’s bigger than Godzilla and the monsters on TV. Oh, God is bigger than the boogie man, And he’s watching out for you and me.¹
Many evenings I read this book to my daughter to ward off fear of darkness and “a hundred tiny monsters jumping right into your [her] jammies!”¹ Today it may be a direct prayer or the comfort of companionship before fear will subside but, knowing God is triumphant over fear is key.
God is bigger, He is El Gibber which is Hebrew for Mighty God!
… The Mighty One, God, ADONAI, is speaking, summoning the world from east to west… Psalm 50:1
“The Mighty One, God, is ADONAI!” Joshua 22:22
ADONAI means Lord— it carries meanings of Sovereign, Controller, Owner, Master, Leader, derived from the Word FATHER. Jesus was called Mighty God preceding birth by the prophet Isaiah more than 800 years before it’s time, (Isaiah 9:6). In Psalm 24:7-8 it is written:
Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle!
“Lift up your heads”, is David beseeching the Israelites (and all in the region) to open their physical gates of their towns to God and His ways. He also seems to be requesting that they open their spiritual gates (heart and mind) so that God can enter in an individual way.² Look to the Lord—look the the Mighty One. When troubles seem insurmountable and the world is closing in, if we can only remember to look up.
God is Bigger, just as the childrens’ book and song proclaims, and Mightier, as scripture affirms. He is in control of all! Additionally, He is Ezrati, our Helper. Often the only prayer I have is “Help Lord!”. Just as Jesus did not delay when the disciples feared the storm or Peter began to sink and cried, “Lord, Save Me”³, He promises us that He will come,
…he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8
At godthang.wordpress.com , author going by the name of GodGirl quoted a wonderful prayer by Max Lucado†,
It’s a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately. These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated. The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation? Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas.
But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod’s jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence. Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.
Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won’t you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger.
This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.