Do you ever look back on your life and realize that God had His hand over you the whole time? Even if you didn’t realize it in the moment, God was moving mountains for you. Or do you ever remember that trial, the one where you couldn’t see a way out, and God rescued you? I have these moments quite often.
But what happens when hardships and trials come again? If you’re anything like me, it might be easy to forget the times God stepped in. I end up in another situation or trial and I can’t see a way out, so I’ll begin to worry. I’m anxious and sometimes I’m even doubtful.
I was reading Genesis where God was promising Abram’s (Abraham, but before the name change) descendants to be as numerous as the stars. God told Him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to inherit.” (Genesis 15)
It’s not that Abram was anxious or doubtful, or feeling anything like I do. It’s not that God had to present His resume or prove Himself to Abram, but this was a statement of the powerful, sovereign, and faithful nature of God. Right before God gave the Ten Commandments He said, “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt.” (Exodus 20:2) He promised Israel help and told them, “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.'” (Isaiah 41:13)
After paying closer attention to these “I am the Lord your God” statements, I reflected on my life. I may be going through situations or trials, but I serve this sovereign, all-powerful, and faithful God. I pray I recognize this nature of God in my everyday life and that He tells me He is the Lord my God:
I am the Lord your God who brought you out of that dark place you were in.
I am the Lord your God who delivered you.
Who healed you.
Provided for you.
If He did it before, He can do it again.
Fill in the blank and make this personal for you:
I am the Lord your God who [insert miracle here].
“We tend to think the miracles of God are temporary interventions. Instead they are revelations of nature- the nature of a God who makes covenant with His children.” – Bill Johnson