The Great I Am…

isaiah 41

 

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Have you ever had that moment at the restaurant? The one where your frilly little girl loudly and proudly belches and then declares to her father, “That’s a good one!” Oh girl, I have. It happens more often than I would like to admit. My husband thinks its hilarious. I crawl under the table in embarrassment.

But I must admit, that’s one thing I love about my husband. He may not be the best at teaching my children proper etiquette, but he always has fun with them. He makes them smile and laugh and when they are down, he lifts them up. He is proud of them. And He loves them.

Aren’t we glad we have a Father in heaven who lifts us up like that? You may have had an earthly father who hurt you. He may have given you ten put downs for every put up. Imagining The Lord as loving is difficult for you. How could a father love you no matter what? The only kind of love you know is the kind you have to earn. Or maybe you never earned it, and you have now stamped yourself unloveable. How can you trust your Heavenly Father to lift you up, to strengthen you, to help you, if your earthly father never did?

Learning to trust the Lord is first an act of the will, and second a response of the emotions. An act of the will born not of our own strength, but the strength of the Lord. If we wait until we feel like trusting God, we never will. Rather we ask Him to help us put our faith in Him and continue to do this until our hearts have enough evidence to follow.

I love what Charles Spurgeon writes when meditating upon this verse…

“And shall it ever come to this, that God’s own children shall say that they cannot believe their God? Oh, sin of sins! It takes away the very Godhead from God, for if God be not true, he is not a God; and if he be not fit to be believed, neither is he fit to be adored, for a God whom you cannot trust you cannot worship.”

If we cannot trust our God, we cannot worship our God. If we cannot trust Him, He cannot be our God in the first place. For God cannot violate who He is. He is love poured out. He is love that does not have to be held up to glory, rather He holds you up and let’s you shine in His glory. He is proud of you. He lives in you and He strengthens you. He is not a father whose love is to be evidenced by our own examples and expectations dictated by our past and present circumstances and emotions. He is God, and He is the I AM. The I AM who is not just with you, but within you. And so He declares, moreover commands, Do Not Fear…I AM.

 

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  1. says

    I am blessed to have such an amazing Heavenly Father who in return of His great love gave me the best of an earthly father! I lost my father 3 months 15 days to be exact. A father who was a dual parent because I lost my mom at the tender age of 10. This man taught me so much and was the greatest and when I think on his loss, I became broken hearted. Our Heavenly Father has been my Source of divine healing,restoration and hope. He is our all! How Great is Our God!

    • says

      Oh girl I’m so sorry about the loss of your father. I too have a wonderful earthly father and can’t imagine what you must be going through. Praying sweet blessings for you girl!

  2. Kendra says

    Ah sweet Stephanie, what a blessed message this morning, reminding us of the incredible love of our HEAVENLY FATHER-THE GREAT I AM!! The one that holds the universe in HIS hands, also holds us!! Thank you for your service to HIM; thank you for your messages of hope, thank you for your sisterhood, THANK YOU!!!
    <3 U girl

  3. says

    “If we wait until we feel like trusting God, we never will” … that just sucker punched me in the stomach…

    good stuff. So hard & simple all at once. I’m so excited to see where our “stressed-less living” takes us! The things God is going to reveal to us all!!! Love we get to share with one another!

  4. Amber Oatman (OBS leader) says

    Beautiful Stephanie! “If we cannot trust our God, we cannot worship our God. If we cannot trust Him, He cannot be our God in the first place. For God cannot violate who He is.” Loved reading the awesome truth!!

  5. Katrina says

    Your restuarant story and description of your husband sounds so familiar! I feel so blessed by how my husband is able to interact with our daughter. She has so much fun with him and just adores him! I loved your point: “If we wait until we feel like trusting God, we never will.” So true! Faith before trust!

  6. Nicole says

    I absolutely loved your post! The paragraph about learning to trust Go as an act of will with the second response our emotions was wonderful. It is so true that if we wait until we feel like trusting God we never will. I am living a season of learning to trust God completely. This post really spoke to me and I am grateful for you and your wise words. Thank you for helping improve my walk with God. This OBS is definitely a path God chose for me.

  7. says

    Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring words. I LOVE what you say at the end. You are truly gifted and I thank you for how you are affecting my heart and the hearts of so many. Do not fear….I AM. Our God is si awesome.

  8. says

    Love your post Stephanie and so glad our Father in Heaven who lifts us up like that. My husband loves kids and have fun. I shared in my blog how I think he will be an awesome grandfather when our grandson arrives this summer. Debbie W. (OBS Leader)

  9. says

    Thank you for sharing this with us Stephanie . I never really thought that our trusting the Lord was quite like this before.”Learning to trust the Lord is first an act of the will, and second a response of the emotions. An act of the will born not of our own strength, but the strength of the Lord. If we wait until we feel like trusting God, we never will. Rather we ask Him to help us put our faith in Him and continue to do this until our hearts have enough evidence to follow.” That feeling and trust are separate and it is in the asking and in God’s helping that we learn to let go and then let God be in control.

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