Scripture of the Week

Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. Ps. 33:22

Our God is a God of power! Just look at the Exodus as an example. He showed His power to Israel in their escape from Egypt. He did so again as they walked on dry land between the divided waters of the Red Sea to escape the oncoming Egyptian army. And He did so again as He gave them food to eat and water to drink. However, when they came to the Promised Land, they seemed to eager to forget all that and instead became afraid. Why? Because they focused on the obstacles they thought so intimidating instead of who their God was and what He could do. Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever found yourself focusing more on the obstacles, the problems, instead of the power of God? Could you use a reminder today?

Well consider: The Lord is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipresent (always present everywhere). Today’s verses comes from a psalm that illustrates each and gives reasons to be confident in God and give Him praise. The first illustration is that God made the heavens and the earth. “He spoke and it came to be… and it stood firm” (v. 9). Look around you and see God in all creation. What power, what planning, what amazing precision! The next illustration is, “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations” (vv.11, 15). He knows every person from generation to generation and the purposes He has for each one. You can learn the plans God has for you by seeking Him through His Word and through prayer. And then, the third illustration: “The eye of the Lord is on those who fear him” (v.18). You are never out of His presence for He is there to protect you, provide for you, and guide you.

As a Christian, you are His creation – one who is flawed by sin but who has been redeemed through Jesus. His steadfast love and His mercy will envelop you as you hope in Him. Remember the strength, the love, the comfort, the provision God has given you thus far. Be confident in the future He has for you. Then pray that you might be a light to those around you who need the uplifting presence of God.

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