At times we can almost get fixated so much on our circumstance that we forget the One who holds our lives. When we start to drift our focus away from Jesus and start to forget who He says He is, His promises seem to feel very distant.
He has shown us His faithfulness in His Word and in our lives and we know all these things, but how could we lose sight of that?
If I am being completely honest, I was starting to lose sight of God’s promises.
My fears and my doubts had begun to weigh me down because I started to look at the present situation. I “knew” God was in control in my head, but I was having a hard time letting that knowledge drop to my heart.
He reminded me of the Israelites when they were in captivity. I think we all can relate to them sometimes. We have been given God’s promises, but when we begin to lose sight, GOD comes in. Which is why God led me to Isaiah 43.
God reminds Israel that they are His people and that He loves them so much. He tells theme there is none like Our God and they have nothing to fear. (43:1) He tells them the trials they are going through is not in vain because He is with them and He will fulfill His promises. The whole chapter is so good, but verses 16-21 was exactly what my soul needed. Convicting, but good.
“Thus says the Lord,
who makes a way in the sea,
a path in the mighty waters,
who brings forth chariot and horse,
army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
“Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
The wild beasts will honor me,
the jackals and the ostriches,
for I give water in the wilderness,
rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
the people whom I formed for myself
that they might declare my praise.”
Again and again He tells His people I am going to get you through this, but will you be able to see His promise? If we are so focused on our circumstances and are not focused on Jesus Himself, we may miss this new work. Like the Israelites who tried to figure it out on their own, God boldly tells them, “THIS IS WHO I AM!” When we are reminded of the promises of WHO HE SAYS HE IS, it gives us great confidence in WHO HE SAYS WE ARE.