Remembering God’s Power

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“They did not remember His power
– the day He redeemed them from the oppressor.”

Psalm 78:42

The Israelites didn’t remember God’s power. The miraculous signs in Egypt, the wonders of the Red Sea and the Jordan River opening up for them, and so many other marvelous deliverances He got them through. They had a short memory span.

The disciples had this, too, when they were in a boat with Jesus. (Mark 4:35-41) A storm whipped up and raged, powerful waves washing over the boat. The boat was filling up, and it seemed they would be doomed to the sea. And where was Jesus? Asleep on a pillow.

They cried out, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” They didn’t see how safe they were with Jesus in the boat. Did they not remember all the miraculous healing they saw Jesus perform, even the casting out of evil spirits? Couldn’t that same Jesus rescue them?

When Jesus got up, He rebuked the wind and waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Immediately they calmed.

Jesus asked, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

They were afraid before, and now they were still shocked and terrified. You mean even the winds and waves obey Him? They did not know Jesus well enough yet, they forgot how much His power was displayed in His miracles, and they underestimated that this power was available also for them.

Both the Israelites and then the disciples failed to remember God’s great mercies in the past.

A short memory span. I have that, too. I focus on the past and present storms in life and blind myself to see and remember all God’s past mercies towards me. So easily I forget God’s power shown to me in the past, His Almighty ability to rescue me from the deepest pit, His watchful care over every detail of my life.

I underestimate Jesus and His power for me, even though He’s given me proof of it again and again.

I forget about present displays of God’s power, too. Displays that should remind me how faithful and powerful He really is. In the cold winter months, when because of chronic illness, I can’t go out into nature, I miss all God’s creation. I tend to sometimes get downhearted. But as I sit here and look out the window, I see the sun’s power melting rooftops of snow even when it’s still below freezing. God faithfully sent that sun and the power behind it. When I see bunny tracks on the snow, I need to remember that it’s God who gave His creature a warm enough coat to survive the winter. When the snow comes down, I need to remember God’s special grace, how He has the power to wash me whiter than the snow. I need to remember that God’s power is displayed in His creation, including us, even when we don’t see it or remember it.

Isn’t God amazing? He just keeps on giving and giving and giving. Even when we don’t receive or give in return. When the Israelites turned their hearts back to Him and asked for His help, He again and again showered them with His long-suffering patience and powerful mercy and grace. When the disciples were afraid, He didn’t hold that against them, but He again showed love and mercy. And when I time after time doubt His power and faithfulness, He is so forgiving, loving, and caring.

I know it’s not always easy, especially when storms toss us to and fro and blindside our memory, but let’s try to help each other remember that the same power God showed in the past and faithfully displays each day of life on this earth certainly has the power to get us through whatever storms trouble our lives.

“Who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:5-7

Praying Jesus’ ever-faithful power
will fill our hearts and our lives
and give us courage to go on!

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Whispers of Hope

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The pendulum sways back and forth, back and forth. Never stopping and resting. Never leaning to one side or the other. But it’s steady.

I wish I was that steady in my trust for You, Jesus.

But I also wish I would stop and rest.

That I would lean Your way,

Not on my own understanding.

Why am I always so indecisive?

Why do I keep swaying amidst a chaos of emotions and fears?

Why don’t I stop and rest, Lord?

Why do I sit ramrod straight, afraid to relax against Your everlasting love?

I’m scared, Lord, and I don’t want to be scared.

I’m afraid to “need” anyone, but I want to allow help without fear.

I want to swing my weight into that need.

To plop against You.

To cling so closely I hear the rhythm of Your unfailing love.

Beating, beating, beating for me.

Ever steady, ever sure.

Jesus, I’m so weary of not leaning into Your powerful grace.

So weary of these wounds weighing me away from Your arms of peace.

This morning I read this verse and saw it with new insight:

“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5 AMP)

So many times I have read it. So many times begged the Lord to help me to trust Him. So many times admonished myself to trust the Lord with every need, every burden, every struggle.

What I often disregard is the why… Why don’t I lean? Trust? Be confident? With all my heart and mind?

My pendulum is unevenly weighted to my side. To my misguided understanding of who I am and what I can do. The feet of my heart stuck in the quicksand of “You are not enough” and “You have nothing to offer to the world.” And so I get stuck and sink deeper in my indecision and passivity.

I’m so glad Jesus never gets weary of me or of my failure to trust. It must hurt Him. I see Him crying. Longing for me to let go of my misconceptions, to surrender all to Him. To lean on Him for all things. To be confident in Him with all my heart and mind. To accept His whispers of hope and promise as TRUTH and not lies.

My precious child, I will keep reminding you.

You are afraid. Be strong and courageous.

This vast army of fears and misconceptions?

There is greater power in Me than with them.

Stop running and believe it.

You feel inadequate?

You’re right. You are. But remember

You are My precious masterpiece created anew in Me.

Created to do the good things I planned for you long ago.

In Me you are enough. My grace is sufficient.

You have a God-sized dream that you think you can’t go forward with?

You’re right. You can’t. But in Me you can.

In Me you can be freed to fly,

To fly forward.

My beloved child,

Allow My healing balm to free your crippled wings.

Release your weighty wounds into My wounds for you.

Healing balm pouring in, singing a soothing song.

Be still, my child, be still.

Stop fighting to hang onto the misconceptions that ravage your heart.

You are wearing yourself out.

I’m here for you always.

I hear every groan and cry of your heart.

I feel your fearful heart, your sagging will, your stumbling feet.

Be still, my child, be still.

You can trust Me.

I will never, ever hurt you.

Lean against Me and remember

I love you with an everlasting love.

I will never, ever leave you or forsake you.

A Child's Trust

“This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15)

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.” (Phillipians 4:13 AMP)

“Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him.” (Psalm 37:7 AMP)

“Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you.” (Psalm 55:22 AMP)

“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.” (Jeremiah 31:3 AMP)

“I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]” (Hebrews 13:5 AMP)