Remembering Who God Is
” And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer ” (Psalm 78:35).
It seems so odd that we read this verse in scripture; understand that it is true yet we wait until the very last minute possible to put it into action. Regardless of how hard we try to do the right thing, or how careful we live our lives, sometimes we find ourselves in trouble, chaos and often in despair. This is just a fact of life “because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (I Peter 5:8). But what is so simply amazing is how we deal with this simple truth. I John 4:4 says, ” Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” Yet, for many of us, it takes us a very long time to live the truth of this verse and to follow the chosen men of Israel as “they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.”
Why do we put ourselves through this needless stress? The answer is simple. We forget who our God is. We get so caught up in our problems that we focus on the problem and not on our help. We buy into the lies of the devil which tell us that we can do things on our own and in our own strength when the truth of the matter is: you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you (Philippians 4:13) and He has promised to supply all of your needs (Philippians 4:19) but on our own we can do nothing. So, why is it we don’t immediately fall on our face and come to God seeking His guidance, advice and protection? For some of us it is pride. For others of us it is that we simply forget who He is. Regardless of our reasoning, it is an ineffective way of dealing with the troubles that come our way and is not pleasing to God because it clearly demonstrates the lack of faith we have in Him. ” But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
I definitely don’t think it was coincidence that just a few verses preceding His promise of strength and resource that He gives to us these verses: ” Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). When we remember who God is we have the necessary faith to come to Him, worry free, and thank Him for His deliverance. We need to remember that God is our rock who can not fail. We need to remember that He is our redeemer and no trial, trouble, chaos or problem is too big or too small for God to deliver us from. Remembering God means having the faith to come to Him that He might deliver us. Thankfully, God is no respecter of persons and what He did for the Israelites He will do for you. There is great comfort in knowing that “. because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 7:8). Not just the next time trouble, chaos, problems and stress come your way, but every day, REMEMBER WHO GOD IS!