May 23, 2016
A credential provides the basis for trust: a diploma, degree, certification or experience are all valid. Any cardiac patient would trust his cardiologist rather than his neighbor with health issues. Right?
In Genesis 17, God gave Abram (later renamed Abraham) His credentials before establishing His covenant with him. God also gave Abram promises that would make an impossible situation possible. On that occasion, God’s first words to Abram were “I am Almighty God”. We know that God kept that covenant and every promise He made to Abraham; after all, He IS Almighty God, who makes the impossible…possible! He does whatever needs to be done to do that.
What if we would believe that God has the power to do whatever needs to be done to fulfill His promises in our situation? What if we would preface all of God’s promises with His credential of “Almighty God”?
I am Almighty God. I will forgive you.
I am Almighty God. I will guide you.
I am Almighty God. I will always love you.
I am Almighty God. I will supply all your needs.
I am Almighty God. I will….. (You can finish the phrase with a promise)
Next time you face an impossible situation, meditate on God’s promises. You can trust that the Promise-giver will do whatever needs to be done to make the impossible possible, because He has the credentials. Our God is ALMIGHTY GOD!
(Join me each Monday of 2016 in my quest to know God better)
March 24, 2011
My cousin Janice and I grew up next door to each other. We were probably together almost literally every day until she graduated from high school. Even after all those years – and we won’t say how many – and hundreds of miles, we still keep in touch. After I posted the last blog, “DIALOGUE BETWEEN DOUBT AND TRUST”, Janice sent me an e-mail that said: “…I always say “but God” is my favorite part of the Bible. But for God where would we be????”
Janice’s comment got me thinking. Isn’t it true that when we think we are in an impossible situation and we cry out to God, either He gives us His strength to handle it or He changes the situation? When God steps in, the impossible happens. Those are the times that, when we look back we can say “This is where I was…but God…”
It also got me searching. I’m on a quest for “…but God” situations in the Bible. I’ve already discovered a few, but the very first one I found is probably the biggest and best. The apostle Paul penned it. In Ephesians 2, verses 1 through 3 he says that we were “dead in trespasses in sins”, going on to describe behavior that is characteristic of a sinful lifestyle. Dead; an impossible situation. Then in verses 4-5 we read:
“BUT GOD, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)”
Isn’t that the most wonderful “…but God” there is? I was dead in sin, but God, who is rich in mercy made me alive! That “…but God” is so rich, so comforting and real, that I think I’ll just suspend my “…but God” quest for a few days and savor that one. Thanks, Janice, for the inspiration!