Our God is Beyond Words!
“Choose this day whom you will serve … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Jos. 24:15).
The verse you read above is one that adorns the wall in our dining room. A reminder that we as a family will serve no other God, but only our great and awesome Jehovah God.
Joshua shared with the people (before this verse) about all that God had done since the calling of Abraham through their arrival in the promised land, which was somewhat of a farewell speech. He reminded them that it was by God’s strength and not by their own might.
I think it’s good for us to remember that truth—especially during this difficult time. To remember all that God has done for us and it’s time to once again thank Him.
I bought a notebook a few years ago and started writing in it the answers to prayers and the special things God did for me. I asked Him to help me to remember and many things came back.
I remember one day when I was thinking about what to cook for supper and I was headed out of town, for some reason, but I knew I needed an onion. I asked God for an onion. Silly, I know, but you know what, when I was headed home there … laying on the side of the road … was a great big white onion. Talk about an “awe” moment.
I also remember a time when money was a little scarce and I became very frustrated because I was running out of dishwashing soap. I don’t know why but I was really upset. I had to take my daughter to her piano lesson, and I sat out in the car and waited for her. Her teacher walked her out to the car and said, “I don’t want to offend you but I went to the store the other day, I bought two bottles of dish washing soap and I wanted to know if you would like one.” Talk about my heart stopping. I felt an overwhelming surge of love from God at that moment. I didn’t even ask Him, but he took care of my need. I shared with her and she praised God too. Coincidental? I don’t think so!
We have been given some extra time in our life right now, to stop and to remember just like the people when Joshua charged them with trusting God.
How will you use this time? It’s not a time to fear, it’s a time to remember all the things that God has done for you. All the times He has walked through the fires with you and the storms of life. All the times He has blessed you. All the times you cried, and He listened to you without judging you.
Our God is beyond words. How do you describe someone that loved you even when you weren’t lovable? Someone who gave up their life so that you could live forever. Someone who cares about everything you care about. Someone who is brave enough to tell you who you really are. Someone who points out the wrong in your life only to make you a better person. Someone who tells us, “Do not fear”.
It says in Isaiah 43:1 “Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine.” God commands us not to fear or worry. The phrase “fear not” is used at least 365 times in the Bible, most likely because He knows the enemy uses fear to decrease our hope and limit our victories. Thus, He wants us to have a daily reminder.
So, I urge you my brothers and sisters to remember where we’ve been and where God took over and trust Him to where He is taking us. Nothing can come against us without God’s approval and He is faithful to walk through the fires with us. Remember!
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for holding me when I am fearful and teaching me to trust in your great love. Help me to turn to you whenever I start to feel overwhelmed by life. I commit my life into your safe keeping, in Jesus name. Amen.
(Wife of James Conley)
Delta First Baptist Church