Shepherd Daily Devotional – Who are you?

Written By Ben Dankaka

Meditation – Psalm 82:6

Who are you? Generally, people do not always look at another person in the face and ask them that question unless there’s a fight going on between them. In Nigeria, for instance, when two people get into an argument, and their tempers rise, one of them may angrily ask the other, “Who are you?” Or they might say, “Who do you think you are?” These questions are often taken as insults. So the responses are often boastful statements, accompanied by acts of rage. Also, when there’s a brawl between two people, one of them may not even wait to be asked the question. Before the real fight starts, they may burst out with the question: “Do you know who I am?” This question is often followed with claims about one’s physical strength, achievements, wealth, influence or mental or spiritual prowess.

Interestingly, these things do not define who you really are. The Psalmist cried out, “I said, ‘you are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High’ (Psalm 82:6). Is there anyone other statement that defines us better than this verse? Many people are afraid of accepting this truth because they don’t think of God as their Father. The allusion that we are “gods” is intended to make us realize that we are sons of God, not His equals. You are not the kind of god that idolaters worship. You are a god because the Spirit of God dwells inside of you. When Jesus was accused of calling God, His father, He used the same verse to make His point. What people say or think of you is often not true. You may not even be who you think you are. But the one thing I know for sure is that you were created in God’s image. Be godly.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for creating me in your likeness. Amen.

REFERENCES/FURTHER STUDY: Psalm 82; John 10:34-38

Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.