“Our marriage is on the rocks and my spouse doesn’t care!” “My dad is dead, and I feel so alone!” “My friend betrayed me!” “My finances are a wreck. There’s too much month at the end of the money!” “My coworkers are lazy and I’m tired of covering for them!” “My daughter is fighting cancer and the chemo isn’t working. It’s not fair!” People cry out!
Moses cried out, “God, you brought me back to Egypt and told me to go to Pharoah. I did what you said, but he refuses to let his laborers go. He’s only made things more miserable by withholding the straw. Now the Israelites refuse to listen to me. They hate me and wish I was dead.”
In response, “God spoke to Moses, telling him, ‘I am the Lord.’ ” (Exodus 6:2). “I am the Lord” (Exodus 6:6). “I am the Lordyour God” (Exodus 6:7). “I am the Lord” (Exodus 6:8). He made His point! Four times God reminded Moses that He is the self-existing, never-changing, eternal I AM! “I am Jehovah! Pharoah isn’t in charge. I AM!”
God says the same to us. “Circumstances are temporary. Cancer isn’t in command. I AM!” “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways... For as heaven is higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8–9).
God wasn’t through. He reminded Moses of His gracious activities. “I have heard the groaning of the Israelites ... and I have remembered my covenant” (Exodus 6:5).
Then God made a promise! As a matter of fact, He said, “I will” six times. “I will bring you out from the forced labor of the Egyptians and rescue you from slavery” (Exodus 6:6). “I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and great acts of judgment”(Exodus 6:6). “I will take you as my people” (Exodus 6:7). “I will be your God” (Exodus 6:7). “I will bring you to the land that I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and I will give it to you as a possession” (Exodus 6:8).
Is the sky stormy? Are you facing a giant? Is your worrier working overtime? Do these three things.
First, let the Spirit of God remind you that God is God! He’s the One who spoke the worlds into existence. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills! (Psalm 50:10). He paid redemption’s full price and proclaimed, “It is finished!” (John 19:30).
Second, review God’s gracious activities in your life. Look back. Remember. Give thanks!
And third, dive into God’s Word, read His promises, and trust the Promise-Keeper. Write them on paper... then write them on your heart! “I will never leave you or abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5). “God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). “He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). “Those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). And one day soon, we “will be caught up... to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).