Past Efforts vs Our Proven God

DATE POSTED Monday, 2022-08-15
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Pslam 106:19-22
TRANSLATION: Good News Translation (GNT)

BIBLE TEXT: 19 They made a gold bull-calf at Sinai and worshiped that idol; 20 they exchanged the glory of God for the image of an animal that eats grass.
21 They forgot the God who had saved them by his mighty acts in Egypt. 22 What wonderful things he did there! What amazing things at the Red Sea!

APPLICATION: In all walks of life, I believe that we reflect on our past experiences to guide our future endeavors. However, we seem to really struggle with using proven experiences of others or acts of Almighty God to convince us of the path we need to follow. We may have learned this from the Israelites that the Psalmist spoke of in our Scripture today, for they experienced first-hand the miracles that God performed in Egypt to cause Pharoah to change his heart about letting His people go. They saw first-hand how God miraculously protected, fed and cared for a body of people much larger than anything we could imagine. Their experiences included such off-the-chart things that would otherwise have been considered impossible, such as: parting of the waters to provide a pathway for over a million people; striking a rock with a staff to produce water; clothes and shoes that never wore out; manna that fell from heaven in just the right quantities for each day’s meals; etc. So, with all that background, shouldn’t we expect to read in the Bible where the Israelites never wavered from their trust in God? I believe that most readers and listeners will know the remainder of the story about how that was not the case, so I will fast forward to our scenario today. Let me start by reminding us that because of the Bible, we have knowledge about all that God did for our ancestors, and because He did this throughout the course of the whole Bible, and because we know that He is arisen and very much alive today, we have reason to believe that He is just as capable of repeating such miracles today. Because of man’s knowledge, creativity, advancing science and determination to become self-sufficient, we have available to us many new technologies and advancements that we could turn to for knowledge and direction. Do you suppose that might be the reason we look at doctors and ask if our relative will live? So often doctors respond ‘I’m not God, so I can’t answer that question for you’! But I would encourage you today to reflect on the miracles of God – both in Bible times and in your lifetime. I would recommend that you start your day with heart-to-heart conversations with God. Yes, He’s alive and will listen to every praise, complaint or need you might have. His response back to you will be via your Bible reading, or your encounter with another believer who has a word for you – without knowledge about your need. Friends, my God will direct your path, meet your need, love you unconditionally, and be your companion through every aspect of your life. He has a place prepared for you when you graduate from this earth, and He will open the doors of opportunity for you to share His love, His Word and His wisdom while you still have breath and are willing to be used by God here on earth. Let me assure you today, that based on HIS past experiences, you can be assured of tomorrow, and confidence in every challenge you may face today. Only God can do this. Only God’s methods are current and have eternity in mind. You can trust Him, my friend!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: By our actions, others can often tell who our ancestors are. Oh that others will also recognize who our heavenly Father is, based on our words and our actions!

PRAYER: Precious Lord, take my hand. Lead me on, till I stand in Your presence! You already know how determined we are to do life by ourselves and in our own strength. Please be a constant reminder of who You are and what You are capable of doing, so that we may always look to You instead of making the same mistakes we’ve made in the past. Lord, we want to be the best that we could be, and we want to be obedient children. Please mold us into Your likeness and humble us to seek help, instead of thinking we know best. You, oh Lord, are high above the mountains in majesty and glory. Our trust is in You alone, for this old world proves the error of its ways every day. May we keep our hand in Yours and be led through every circumstance of life through Your guidance and with Your protection. Make us more like You so that the world will have earthly proof of who You are. AMEN!

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2 thoughts on “Past Efforts vs Our Proven God

  1. Celeste Mabe

    Yes indeed, I do not doubt what a miraculous healing, loving God I serve. In the 80’s loosing my ability to walk , talk, see or even comprehend what I heard or saw after the first major exacerbation of multiple sclerosis. Was a minute by minute walk for almost 2 years. What a mighty God we serve. Learned first hand Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
    He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

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    1. Amen Celeste! He is our strong and mighty God in all of life’s circumstances. We just need to open our spiritual eyes, see Him, acknowledge Him and start praising Him for His miraculously power in our lives. Thanks for sharing your personal experiences with our ever living God!

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