From Pastor’s Desk: 10-23-16
Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.
I am of the opinion that, pertaining to the past, we should not live in it but occasionally glimpse back to learn from it. However, in our lives as children of God, it is essential that we forever remember who we were before we began this Christian journey. This, therefore, necessitates “Remembering the former things…”
When we do that, we cannot help but see the providential care of God at work in our lives, both before and after the time of our new birth in Christ. As we ponder and muse over past experiences/situations sovereign guidance and protection come clearly into perspective. What care with which this God, besides whom there is no other, has kept us, not from adverse circumstances, but safe from harm and danger that would otherwise have resulted from said circumstances!
How many are the times God has proved Himself in dire straits! Often, in times of destitution, God having chosen to allow us to go through some difficulty, He has brought us to the other side of a fiery trial without even the singe of hair, the smell of smoke, with absolutely no harm or danger befalling us. A trial that very likely He allowed, or even led us into, to make stronger than we were before or stronger than we would have otherwise ever become.
The Psalms are replete with psalmists’ cries of despair, only to be turned into shouts of victory. Stories in Scripture of a young boy being placed into a pit to be sold into slavery and bondage, only for that to be a high road to victory, designed for the deliverance of a people. Accounts in the life of a man, who, after a great victory, ran for his life and found himself under a Juniper tree, pleading for his life to be over because he felt he was the only one left declaring the word of God, only for God to tell him his life was not over, that there were still many others proclaiming the word of God, and that he still had some work to do. And, can’t forget this one, a people (most agree of about 3 ½ million) sandwiched in between the Red Sea in front of them, and Pharaoh’s army behind them, looking as if this wasn’t deliverance after all, only to have the sovereign hand of God to make a way where there seemed to be none.
Remember the former things? Yes, we should constantly be aware of where God has brought us from to where we are today! Yes, we should be continuously cognizant of the fact the LORD is still God, that there is none like Him!