I have what you might call spiritual amnesia. The Lord has been so good to me, so patient, so generous, and yet when trouble comes, I forget everything He has ever done for me. Suddenly I revert back to this base belief that it’s up to me, that God isn’t working on it and that He can't (or won’t) possibly come through in time. From there, I panic or plot or strive, without any real relief.
Thankfully, today’s Psalm gives us the antidote: to remember.
When the Israelites doubted God’s sovereignty and provision, Moses extolled them to remember the deeds of the Lord. How He had chosen them uniquely from among all other nations, “personally” led them out of slavery in Egypt, gone before them in battle and spoken to them through fire. (Deuteronomy 4:39) God had already done extraordinary things for them, already proven He would provide for their every need, and yet they wondered if they could trust Him.
It’s easy to look at the Israelites and believe that we would trust God if we had seen for ourselves the miracles they witnessed, but a Bible scholar once taught me that it is far better to relate than to judge. You and I suffer from the same sort of paralyzing fear. When the heat is on, we believe again the Original Lie: God isn’t for us.
But it simply isn’t true. The Lord has come through for me hundreds of times. In serious, scary circumstances and in seemingly small, everyday ways. He is trustworthy.
And when we can’t trust by our own power, we can call to mind His faithfulness to the Israelites, or to the Saints who have gone before us, or to our sisters in Christ. We lean into the truth of each other’s stories to root us in the reality that God loves us and that He will come through for us, just as He always has.
Pray a slow Glory Be prayer today. Offer Glory to God and acknowledge His eternal love for you.
Beth Davis is the Director of Ministry Advancement for Blessed is She. She served as a youth minister for eleven years. She has a heart for teaching women about developing an intimate relationship with Jesus and speaking hope to weary souls. You can find out more about her here.