I Am THE God
Exodus 3:6 ESV
Isaiah 41:10 ESV
Psalm 23:1 ESV
Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV
Ephesians 6:10 ESV
Proverbs 7:1 ESV
I am THE God is a theme has resonated throughout the whole of my life.
However, that may not be true for the exact reason you might think.
In Exodus 3:6 God told Moses, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.”
While I know…I really believe the God I serve is father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, there are elements in the modern world that ‘creep in unawares’.
There have been (albeit are) times when circumstances seem to require my attention and I get caught up in my own little world. Without even realizing it I turn my attention to things that seem to need all of my attention.
When I travel, I tend to obsess about the details of packing and preparation for the upcoming trip. I carefully outline what will be needed.
I check the weather there. I look at the weather patterns. I carefully consider my mode of transportation and determine what items will be needed there. I try to recall what the temperature has been on flights and train rides. I have a greater toleration for warm than cold, so when I pack my carry on I add items I can change into it it’s too cold on the trip.
You’re probably starting to get the idea.
Thankfully, I have a distant voice that calls to me from my childhood and early adulthood that reminds me I am obsessing and I need to trust God with the details.
After all…God, THE God promises to cover the details of our lives. Isaiah 41:10 promises, “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
There’s that I AM statement that we see throughout scripture. When I (we) get caught up and even overwhelmed by the details of life I hear the promise that God gave to the prophet Isaiah…Fear not for I AM with you.
When I pay bills or go to the grocery store, I’ve learned to ask God to multiple my assets. I’ve done that for years. I started asking God to multiply my assets when my children were small. I learned to rely on God everyday for provision.
That included food, clothing, and extra expenses. I’ve seen God stretch my budget beyond what was possible. There were times when one box of cereal seemed to have a bottomless pit.
God also provided clothing when it was needed. When the children outgrew (especially the boys) their jeans, someone would drop off a box of jeans they no longer needed.
My daughter was the recipient of countless beautiful expensive dresses and slacks that I would have ever been able to afford. They were all gently used gifts that came just when she needed something to wear. God far exceeded my expectations.
I was once told by someone they KNEW we had a lot of money because of how well my children were dressed. I laughed and explained they were secondhand goods that were given to me.
I learned I can rely on secondhand clothing for just about everything. I still shop for used items for myself, because I found that I can pray and God sends name brand clothing that I could never afford. God provides!
Psalm 23:1 tells us, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
Also, when winter and summer utility bills were overwhelming, God provided for all of our needs.
Through the years, even after my children were grown and on their own, I held onto what God taught me in Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
God did not forsake me…ever.
There have been times in my life when I didn’t know how I could face tomorrow.
When my dad died…
When my marriage unexpectedly ended…
When I retired and my income was a tenth of what it had been, even then God provided. Because we were ministry for 30 years and we moved many times, my potential to earn steady income was limited throughout my life. Even then, God found a way to provide for me when I was suddenly alone. I learned that while I am weak, God is strong. Ephesians 6:10 reminds me, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.”
I learned to rely on God because God is reliable.
Early in life my Sunday School teachers gave me great tools that have stayed with me all my life. I memorized scriptures. I’m not sure I did it for the right reasons (it could have been for a piece of chewing gum) but with their help I did it.
I’ve also taught children’s Sunday School and Vacation Bible School where we practiced memorizing scripture. By the time I was thirty years old I started to realize that memorizing scripture was vitally important.
The older I get, I’ve come to realize that memorizing scripture is a great gift!
King Solomon began Proverbs 7:1 with great words of wisdom that can be applied here, “keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you.”
Today’s Spiritual Practice is: Memorize ONE Scripture
Choose one new scripture and memorize it. If you’ve not memorized scripture before start small. Choose one line and write it on the door of your heart. Say it over and over again. It’s a great Spiritual Practice to keep in your toolbox.
In God, Deborah