…This I know that God is for me.
There are very few things in life that I can be certain of. I am certain of the fact that my parents and family love me. I am certain of the fact that I love them. I am certain of the fact that if I eat too much sugar I get a bad headache and I get grumpy. I am certain of the fact that I love God and will serve Him the rest of my life. I am certain of the fact that I want His will. Beyond this, there are a myriad of things that affect my certainties. Usually my emotions and my circumstances have the greatest affect.
The Psalmist says, “This I know that God is for me.” He speaks with certainty about this fact. As I have meditated on this I have come to understand that in this walk of faith, this is the fact that the enemy comes most consistently to impact our ability to believe this.
The constant question I find in my soul when I am feeling defeated or overwhelmed in anything in my life is, “God, where are you?” as if He has left or is momentarily unreachable. The Bible says that He is constant and unwavering (Hebrews 13:8), therefore the above thoughts cannot be true of Him. Yet, I FEEL this way all too often. Why? I believe that it is because if the enemy can convince me that I am alone and abandoned by God, then he can get me into a place of desperation where I reach for anything but God.
If God is not for me there is no one but myself to lean and rely on. There is no power but my own to get me through to the fulfillment of my dreams. Which in reality is no power at all. I am as a boat left on the water without anchor, without sails, without any means to get where I am going but to spend my life in despair, anxiety, disappointment, and regret. If that is my lot in life, then why oh why should I not give up? Why not live for the moment and despise the future? And that is what the enemy wants me to do above all else. If he can get me to give up, based always on my own inadequacies which are many, and if he can keep me there, ever sliding deeper and deeper into despair, then he will have succeeded in the thing that he is after – to keep me from experiencing the fullness of God in this moment and fulfilling my purpose on this earth. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy; I came that (you) may have life, and have it abundantly.”
God’s purpose for me is that I might have ABUNDANT life. Not just in heaven, but right now in my current moment of life. He came to see that I experience fulfillment of the dreams He has placed in my heart (Psalm 37:4); He wants to empower me to run and not grow weary (Is. 40:31) as I move with purpose through this life to attain the prize of the upward calling of God in my life (Philippians 3:14)! But that is not possible if He is not for me. Therefore, I must settle this truth in my heart as the Psalmist did, that I might be able to say with confidence, THIS I KNOW.
It is written in the Bible over and over that He will never fail us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6), that He is with us and will do what He promises us (Genesis 28:5); that He is the shepherd and guardian of our soul (1 Peter 2:25); the He will do immeasurably more than all we could ask or desire or imagine (Ephesians 3:20); that He longs to be gracious to us and waits on high to have compassion on us (Is. 30:18); that He will accomplish what concerns us (Psalm 138:8). He gives us ample evidence that of what He will do for us in His word. Not only will He do all this, but His love and mercy cover us every step of the way! So if He has given us plenty of evidence to see and know that this statement is true, why is it so hard to know? Because it is by faith.