“I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.”
Thoughts from Amanda Cook
Behind the Scenes
WHERE ARE YOU GOD?!?
Have you ever cried out to God in this way? I truly believe that if you have lived any number of days into adulthood, you have probably uttered these words (or even screamed them at the top of your lungs). Whether you are a believer walking in the way of Jesus or still kicking the tires on this whole “Christian” thing, you’ve probably had at least one time when you couldn’t “feel” God’s presence but desperately wanted/needed to – questioning whether He knew you, loved you, or even existed at all.
The Bible is chocked full of scriptures about God’s faithfulness. The Israelites spent time recounting God’s deeds and wonders in the temple, in their homes, in their comings, and in their goings. It was part of their culture and tradition to pass on all that God had done for them. They knew God and knew that no matter what they felt, that God was faithful and ever present.
Make it Real
Oh, that we would have the same culture and tradition in our nation! Oh, that it would be a routine built into our daily lives. I won’t speak for you, but I know that I really don’t have that. I thank God when something good happens; I pray to God when circumstances are tough; I (sometimes) go to Him when I need to make a big decision or when I’m just feeling down. But do I have a regular rhythm of meditating on His mighty deeds? Or do I rely on feeling His presence in my life?
You see, even if when we are not faithful, God IS. “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13. But we rely on our “feelings” rather than on the fact of God’s faithfulness as demonstrated in His deeds and wonders. He has done miraculous acts: He split the Red Sea and He was with Daniel in the lion’s den. He brought you into relationship with Him (or if not yet, He is actively pursuing you). He showed you the way when you weren’t sure where to go. He answered prayers of your bestie when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. Everywhere you turn, God’s faithfulness is evident – IF you are looking for it.
This really hit me the other day when I was telling a friend about a decision my daughter was pondering. While I was telling her about it, I realized that this was basically what I was praying to God for my daughter. It wasn’t in the way I had outlined for God (am I the only one that thinks I can do His job better than Him?), but the step that she is taking will set her up for a life more open to His direction. And while she still does not believe in the things I do, I can see God’s hand all over this new direction of hers.
How do we intentionally and actively seek out God’s faithfulness? What does that look like? When I was a brand-new believer, I had a prayer journal that I wrote down all of my prayers and the prayers of those around me. I would go back to it on a regular basis and highlight the prayers that were answered. It was my way of recounting all of God’s deeds and wonders. It was my way of remembering His faithfulness. It’s time for me to get back to that.
Need some different ideas? Try one (or all) of these suggestions:
- Keep a prayer journal and go back and highlight answered prayers.
- Keep a gratitude journal. Just thanking God each day for at least one thing you are grateful for.
- Memorize scripture. Here are a few to start with:
- Psalm 119:90 – “Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.”
- Psalm 91:4 – “He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.”
- 1 Corinthians 1:9 – “God is faithful, by whom you were called in to the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” …and my favorite
- Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
End in Prayer
You are ever faithful – even when we are not. God show me everyday where You are faithful and how You’ve walked with me. Remind me of your character and of your everlasting faithfulness. I love you so much God.
In Jesus’ name!