First Things @ First

Ministry Perspective,

Words. With them we build up and with them we break down. No matter how little or large, words have the potential to carry significance provided we don't read too fast or run by them so quickly that we miss their meaning. One case in point; the two-letter word 'IS' that's found in Psalm 46:1. "God IS our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

'IS' speaks of God's active presence in the life of a believer in the present. Not the past or even the future. God is with you and me every moment of every day directing the thoughts and intents of our heart, especially as we subject our will to His. Although He knows what we don't, sees what we can't and does what we're unable to do, He is present with us in the present overseeing our lives and even at times overruling our circumstances to accomplish His perfect purpose in us.

In Exodus 3, when Moses asked God, "when I come before the people and say to them that the God of their fathers has sent me to you, and they ask what is His name? What shall I say to them? God said to him, 'I AM WHO I AM'. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'"

As you go about your journey of faith, remember, as a child of God you are never alone.

There may be those occasions when you and I may feel lonely but we're never alone in Christ.

His promise of being present with us are both sure and secure. (Hebrews 13:5)

We can count on it!

So, if you choose to live in the past, He isn't there. His name is not 'I WAS.' If you are always looking toward tomorrow, He is not there with you, either. His name is not 'I WILL BE.'

His name is 'I AM'. His person 'IS' the gift of His presence that we enjoy each day. And as we learn to embrace this 'gift' of grace, we better understand that God 'IS' our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.'

So, as you walk through this week, don't try to go it alone. Wait on the Lord. You'll find the walk much more enjoyable and productive.

God's best to all in the continuing journey with Jesus,

Pstr K

Hebrews 10:35-36