HE>I, do we believe it?
I was recently in a HE>I store. I didn’t even know they existed, but I guess there are a few locations.
This one was small and busy. It was in a touristy location. I even saw a tourist taking pictures of the sign on the building, which gave me cause to wonder. HE>I, do we believe it?
The creators of the HE>I storefront and products wanted to remind themselves that HE(Jesus) is greater than they are.
After years of encouragement from friends and family they began making and marketing clothing items and assessories. Then in 2008 opened a store in Hawaii. Later, they moved to the ever popular North Shore and now have 3 locations.
Their sole purpose is to encourage and share the love of Jesus through their brand.
HE>I is the new craze among Christians. As well as the secular population. It’s the new WWJD. Both of which I think are great reminders for believers.
One woman I spoke with said she was going to put a sticker on her car door window to hopefully give thieves cause to pause before they broke into her car. I laughed, and thought it wasn’t a bad plan at the time, but that isn’t was HE>I is for.
John 3:30 NIV
30 “He must become greater; I must become less.”
I first heard this verse in church, but in a different way. “He must increase, I must decrease”. An elder in my church says that all the time. It is much more powerful to me that way, then how the NIV puts it. When he says that, I always check my heart. Is HE > I? How do I allow the Lord to increase in me? How do I decrease?
This idea of allowing the Lord to become greater in me than I am in myself has alway been a challenge for me. Growing up in the home I did, I had to protect myself. As a kid in public school, I had to protect myself. The idea of letting someone, I can’t see protect and guide me was foreign for years. Now as a born again christian of 23 years, I still struggle with allowing the Lord to be >I.
It’s easy of course as believers to allow the Lord to be greater than we are when things are going as we hope. But what about when things do not go as we planned?
Is He greater than I, when our marriage seems to be failing and we don’t know what to do?
Is He greater than I, when that child, that rebellious child keeps us awake more nights then we sleep? When we’ve tried everything and nothing works? When we were at our absolute wits end with that child? Is He greater than I then?
When we have family members, that are self-destructive and we’ve tried everything to help them, but they refused to make any changes? When they choose to live the way they were living, destroying their own lives and hurting the people around them? Is He greater than I then?
When our finances are always in the red? We’ve prayed and prayed and prayed for the Lord to give us a little bit of breathing room, but for whatever reason we are still in the red with bills piling up on our hands? Every payday just seems to be worse and worse? Is He greater than I then?
When that medical diagnosis has turned fatal, and we have nowhere else to turn? No Doctor or specialist can help us? Is He greater than I then?
Of course, these are just a few scenarios that I see happening around me. Scenarios that have happened in my own life.
We have a choice as believers to trust that the Lord is good in everything all the time. To believe that He is greater than I in everything. That there isn’t anything we can do to make these situations better.
We can seek hope, peace and joy though. Because He IS greater than I and in Him all things are good, and all things are possible.
The one thing I’ve learned in my 45 years, 23 as a Christian, is that there is always hope. The opportunity and choice to rise above the situation and to seek Him who is able to do more than all we could ever ask or imagine. Because He IS greater than I.
Romans 15:13 NIV
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
No it’s not easy. It’s a choice. Each day we have to wake up and choose to trust Him because He is greater than I. Each day when we feel all hope is lost, we have to stop and pray and ask Him to give us joy, hope and peace anyway. Because He is greater than I.
Every time the hopeless of the enemy strikes, we must stop and pray. That doesn’t mean it’s gonna be better right away and we’re gonna feel great. It just means that we’re choosing to continue to walk in Him. Trust in Him until the situation is remedied. Until He answers our prayers.
He will. He promises that He will never leave us or for sake us. He promises He will always be with us. Our job is to trust Him because HE>I.
Do you believe it? That HE>I?
What situactions are causing you to question Him? How can you remind yourself to Hope and Trust Him?
Happy Summer 😎🌴