Have you ever been threatened?
Maybe someone wanted your spot at work, or on a team and you felt like your “spot” was in jeopardy.
Maybe someone threatened you with your past and you felt like your relationship was in peril.
Or maybe you have been mugged and felt your life was at stake.
Regardless of your particular circumstance, I think you will agree with me, it is not a pleasant spot to be in, is it? No one likes to feel as though they are on unsure footing.
I remember one of the first times I went fishing in the Amazon. Mark and I were there on our survey trip and had traveled down the river to a thatch roof hut 12 hours from the city. Other than touring the Caribbean on my honeymoon, this was my first trip out of the USA. And may I just say, I was not prepared for how hot and how primitive my surroundings were going to be. I was 8 months pregnant with my 3rd child so you can imagine what ran through my mind when I was told I would be sleeping in a hammock in a wooden school house that sat up on stilts at the edge of the jungle. (Honestly, I don’t think I slept the entire time I was there).
Someone pointed out the path to the outhouse and makeshift shower. I was horrified. I was pregnant…that meant nightly trips in the dark to that thing! I secretly prayed for God to just get the angels to blowing on the trumpet and send Jesus back so I didn’t have to endure anything else!
Well, after we carried our duffle bags to the spot where our hammocks would hang, we were told we would be fishing for our dinner. Mark and I climbed back down to the slippery river bank and then stepped down into a wooden canoe. Our host proceeded to paddle us into the flooded rain forest where unknown dangers lurked by every tree. (Literally, I touched so many spiders on the trees that day it is NOT funny)
So imagine me, pregnant as a whale, and Mark, in that canoe! We weighed that sucker down! The water was almost even with the sides. I was terrified that I was going to make a wrong move and capsize our boat. I kept telling myself to act brave and nonchalant, but inside I was crying like a little baby! I love to fish, but all I could think about was that this was the way it was going to end for me. I always knew I wouldn’t die like a normal person and this was surely the date that would go on the other end of the hyphen on my tombstone. Sheri Loyd Edwards 1970 – 1998 R.I.P. I began confessing sins in my head and waiting for the bright light.
As we navigated around some trees to an open area, a large iguana dove off of one of the limbs and splashed into the river, scaring me silly. Water poured over the sides of the canoe and I looked at the man paddling. He smiled a toothless grin and nudged a can my way with his nasty old bare foot. (I know he must have told his family that night about how funny I looked bailing the water out).
We eventually caught 33 piranha out of those waters and fried them up to eat that night. We washed them down with freshly squeezed lemon juice from lemons on the tree beside the “house” and I was never so glad to be back on firm ground and even footing! Even the midnight trek to the outhouse looked safer by comparison.
Well, here is a thought for you:
God has never once been afraid of losing His position.
He has never once been in scary territory or threatened.
In Isaiah God tells us that He is the Only God.
“Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.” Isaiah 43:10-11
In Revelation God tells us He is the beginning and the ending.
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8
In Isaiah God tells us He inhabits eternity.
“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Isaiah 57:15
In Job God tells us He laid the foundations of the earth.
“Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.” Job 38:4
In I Corinthians, Paul says there is only one God.
“As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.” I Corinthians 8:4
In Acts we are reminded that God has not forgotten a thing He has done!
“Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.” Acts 15:18
God has never doubted Who He is. Why should we?
“That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else.” I Kings 8:60 (King Solomon to Israel after praying the dedication of the Temple)
He has, and always will be, Supreme.
He is Amazing.
And He wants to fellowship with us!
When we look at ourselves as Christians in the light of His Word, we realize that we have access to the One and Only God because of Jesus Christ.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2
“For through him (Jesus Christ v.13) we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” Ephesians 2:18
“According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.” Ephesians 3:11-12
When you get up in the morning, do yourself a favor as a Christian:
- Acknowledge Who God is.
- Humble yourself before God.
- Praise God for Who He is.
- Thank God for Jesus Christ.
These things will help you face the day because you will remember that He is God alone and nothing can remove Him from that position.
Acknowledging God will remind you that He has created you with a purpose.
Humbling yourself before God will remind you that, without Him, you are destitute.
Praising God will encourage your mind and spirit before the world has a chance to sully your thought process.
Thanking God for Jesus Christ will motivate you to tell someone else about Who God is.
“One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all and in you all.” Ephesians 4:5-6
Choose to dwell in God.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Genesis 11 / I Samuel 6-7 / Psalm 5 / Matthew 6