I want tattoos. I want several. I only have piercings so far, because they’re the only thing I’ve been able to afford. Tattoos are just so darn expensive! But I’ve been drawing up ideas for years, and one that I really hit on lately is called the Victor’s Cross: “ICXC NIKA” is Greek translation for Jesus Christ Conqueror.
As a Christ follower who thinks so much of the God he serves, I feel that we take so much away from him. We know him as a God who gives us things, a God who we pray to when we want someone we care about to get better, or just a God who is there. I love the way Habakkuk describes him, as really like this baddass warrior guy. (Forgive that terminology, couldn’t think of a better way to describe the verses below. I think that fits perfectly.)
“Plague goes before Him, and pestilence follows in His steps. He stands and shakes the earth; He looks and startles the nations. The age-old mountains break apart; the ancient hills sink down. His pathways are ancient. The mountains see You and shudder; a downpour of water sweeps by. The deep roars with its voice and lifts its waves high. Sun and moon stand still in their lofty residence, at the flash of Your flying arrows, at the brightness of Your shining spear. You march across the earth with indignation; You trample down the nations in wrath. Though the fig tree does not bud and there is no fruit on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls.” Habakkuk 3:5-6, 10-12, 17 HCSB
Just in case you haven’t put it all together yet, that is the God we serve. How amazing is he? He is a conqueror. He isn’t scared of anything, just by standing he shakes the earth. Yet we ask him for Xbox’s for Christmas, and other petty things, when we don’t need them. I’m not saying that material things are bad, I’m saying putting them before God, is. If more people saw God the way he should be portrayed, I think more people would understand our reasons for living for him.
At the end of chapter 3, Habakkuk ends with the verses below. A true testament to the power of God.
“Yet I will triumph in Yahweh; I will rejoice in the God of my salvation! Yahweh my Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights!” Habakkuk 3:18-19 HCSB
We have no reason to be ashamed of God, Jesus Christ the Conqueror. He conquered sin and death for us.