I somehow picked up the expression in conversation “It is what it is” and found myself saying it often. In context, I was using it when situations were out of my control, or not necessarily how I wanted to see them, but felt helpless to change since most of the time it involved other people. I would simply resign myself to the notion uttering “It is what it is”. It is true at times things are what they appear but other times there is more to the situation and it is not what it is. Articulating this phrase simply allows us not to own responsibility for whatever is happening.
One day as I spoke out of resignation “It is what it is” the thought came vividly, “He is what He is!” God is for real! This is something I can proclaim boldly, excitedly, and with assurance rather than helplessly or with resignation. It is a surety! He is what He is! He never changes. He is all things! God was giving me an alternative to simply acquiescing in every situation I was frustrated about or did not understand. He was encouraging and reminding me to look to Him because “He is what He is” rather than looking at people and circumstances, pronouncing “It is what it is”.
So what is He? Who is He? He is so many things we will spend eternity discovering the depths of who He is. But one thing we know now: 1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
We are going to be made known and made manifest by our likeness to our Head, Jesus. We will look like Him in honor, power, and glory. What a glorious thought! Our frail bodies will be made to look like His glorious body which is filled with light! Jesus is life – when He appears, as He will, we will appear with Him in glory. This is great news helping us see “above” our struggles in situations where we usually resign ourselves to “it is what it is”. Why do loved ones suffer from disease raging through their bodies? Why do loved ones die before their time? Suffering, unjustness, disaster is part of life. If God “Is what He is” why do these things need to happen?
We do not like the answers! We suffer and die because it is part of life after sin came into existence. However, we are blessed to have the remedy to sin and death – Jesus! He has provided forgiveness, freedom, and everlasting life. Keeping these Scriptures in mind as we suffer, watch other people suffer, or walk through the valley of the shadow of death will enable us to glory in Him rather than be flooded with frustration and unanswered questions.
Colossians 3:1-3 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
Notice two phrases from these two Scriptures: “When He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” and “When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
Do you see “when” our appearance changes? We shall be like Him when “He is” revealed, when Christ “our life” appears, then we will appear with Him. Sweet Jesus! He is what He is and when He appears we appear! When we set our eyes on Jesus, our likeness will be as He is. That should certainly give us hope during the dark times. There is no doubt the mountains in our lives seem unsurpassable at times. We may wonder why God, who is what He is, “allows” the pain and suffering we experience. Yet He never hid these realities from us. He makes it very clear in His Word that in this lifetime we will face many trials and tribulations but we are take hope because He has overcome the world. John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Sometimes we base our faith on the “victories” we see or experience rather than the truth, He has overcome. He gives us the answer to tribulation. He is! When things do not work out as we thought according to what we understand in the Word, He STILL is! Rather than be consumed in the “why’s”, be consumed in the truth He is what He is!
Those who believe in Jesus as Lord are the most blessed people alive on earth. We are to set our minds on “things” above not on the “things” of earth. We are to seek heavenly things. We need to set our minds in the right place at all times, not just when things are bad. Usually we face trials and then try to set our minds on heavenly things. But if we have not exercised our faith when not facing a trial, we will find it difficult if not impossible to stay focused when there is tribulation in our lives. We are to be of good cheer because of the One who overcame the world.
The time is now to begin seeing Christ as “He is”. We must not be consumed with the world causing us to set our minds on earthly things. The time will come when Christ appears and everyone will see Him but not everyone’s appearance will be changed to be as He is. Think about it – how will the wicked see Him? They will view the terror of His majesty. The saved will see Him in the beauty of His holiness and perfection. Those who believe in Him as He is, shall be transformed into His likeness, into His image as a result of the magnificent view of Him. Why not start today?
Our part is to see Him as He is – Today! Our part is to believe in Him – Today, letting our confession be straight and pure as we face tribulations and fight the good fight of faith. Because we have hope in Him, we are diligent to purify ourselves just as He is pure! The hope we have in Jesus overrides what we “see” if we will not allow ourselves to meditate on “what is”, but on Who is! He is what He is! The hope we have in God engages us to pursue Him and His holiness knowing our Lord is holy and pure. It is our delight to maintain a pure heart and stand against pollution and impurity. Because it is our ultimate desire to be as He is we must grow in grace and holiness abstaining from impurity from the world, flesh and all sin. Our hope for heaven and transformation into Him dictates and constrains us to refuse the gratification of the flesh, of impure desires, lusts, and other impurities of the world. We are not victims! We can and must begin today to experience Him as He is!
The Word of God is full of names and descriptions declaring He is what He is! Listen to this song as your prayer and declaration of who He is in your life as you praise God in the myriad of His names and qualities. Enjoy Him as you ponder the thought He is what He is!