How am I? No, I AM.
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
At the turn of the new year, the Lord asked me “Will I find faith in the earth?” I knew faith had to start with me, right here in my own heart. He then showed me how faith acts Resolutely Now because Faith Forges Ahead. After all these messages you would think fear is a thing of my past. Truth is, fear still creeps in disguised as control. Here’s how.
- I want to be a great mom. What can I do for each of my kids that gives them what they need in this season of life?
- I want to be a great leader. What can I do to motivate everyone to their best?
- I want others to know the great love of God. What can I do to reach them?
These are all noble pursuits, but there is a fatal flaw in my approach to each one. Can you see it?
Did the Lord call me to be a good mom, put me in positions of leadership and tell others about Him? Yes. Did he tell me to figure it out on my own from here? No. Consider the Israelites after they entered the promised land. Did they inhabit it in their own strength?
“We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago. With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our ancestors; you crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish. It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.” Psa 44:1-3 NIV
It was not by their own strength, determination, grit and weaponry, but by God’s strength and great love for them.
God calls himself the great I AM. He has never changed. His great love for the Israelites then is the same love for you and me today. It is present and active. His strength never fails. It is present and active. Why do I take one step of faith and try to figure out the rest without Him?
How will I figure out how to resolve this conflict? No, I AM.
How will I make financial ends meet? No, I AM.
How will I ever trust again? No, I AM.
How will I finish my degree? No, I AM.
How will I conquer this disease? No, I AM.
How will I love my enemy? No, I AM.
How can I make my life matter? No, I AM.
I AM, by my right hand, my arm, and the light of my face, that is turned toward you, because I love you.
Lord, you called me across the Jordan into the Promised Land of your very presence. You gave your life for me. I give my life to seek first your kingdom and you will bring victory. You never let the righteous fall.
What care can you cast on Him today?
In His Unfailing Love,