Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Psalms 25:4 NKJV
Some days I feel lost, and hemmed in like the children of Israel at the Red Sea. But when I don’t know which way to go in life, then with David I can cry, “Show me your ways O Lord. Teach me Your paths!” Psalm 25:4 NKJV And just as He promises, God listens and directs our path.
When things seem dark and confusing, John tells us that, “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:5 NLT And God lights up the dark places and comforts our souls, like a child who crawls into bed with mom and dad on a scary night.
And in those moments when we feel like failures and taking the next step seems impossible, Paul shares what Jesus told him, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV God doesn’t only use strong, smart and perfect people. He loves most to work with small, weak and broken people just like us so that He can show us His power, His love and His mercy. Then, He sends us to others to share that knowing and trusting in Him is the only real hope that anyone can have and that no matter what we face that He is enough!
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah Psalm 46:11 ESV
Notice here that God is called here, the God of Jacob. Not God of Abraham – the father of our faith.. He is not the God of Issac, the laughter and joy of God’s promise fulfilled. He is not even called the God of Israel – Jacob’s later God given name meaning prince and overcomer. He is our God of Jacob – the struggler and striver. He is with us as He was with Jacob as He was still locked in combat and wrestling through life with both his brother Esau and The angel of the Lord. At exactly that time when we are also gripped by an opponent who knows our point of weakness, God is with us. He never leaves, He strives along right by our side and comforts us in our dismal moments of what seems certain defeat. Right then and right now He is our God of Jacob – our fortress, our refuge, our mighty delivered and our closest friend!
Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; and let all those who love Your salvation say continually, "Let God be magnified!" Psalm 70:4 NKJV
God is sovereign, in all that we are experiencing, whether we know it or even like it or not. But to truly rejoice and love His salvation, we must say ,”Let God be magnified!” But what can that possibly mean. How can I in any way make the creator of the universe any bigger? The same question might have come to John the Baptist when He baptized Jesus. He continued his ministry even as the crowds that had followed him grew thinner and some of his best disciples began following Jesus. But John came to an amazing conclusion. He must increase, but I must decrease!” This didn’t change John’s circumstances. In fact John was soon arrested by King Herod and put in prison. But even waiting on death row John remained faithful. He accepted his decreasing popularity and freedom, because he knew that as he seemed smaller to others Jesus would be seen as greater. He joined the angels and the faithful of all time as was able to rejoice because God was being magnified! I hope you are as blessed as I was listening to one of my favorite families sing Sovereign over us.
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