“Blessed be the Lord!
For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart triumphs,
and with my song I give thanks to him.
The Lord is the strength of his people;
he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!
Be their shepherd and carry them forever.” Psalm 28:6-8
“I the Lord do not change, therefore you, O children, are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16-17
There are innumerable attributes of God that result in therefores for His children. He is, therefore I am and I will. And living life in that order, with that mindset of who He is first, will continually keep our outlook and needs in proper perspective and hold us secure.
He is the Creator, worthy of fear, and wonderful, therefore I am fearfully and wonderfully made and exist with eternal purpose. He is Spirit, creative, and wise, therefore I am inspired and can discern His will. He is immovable, a sure foundation, almighty, so I am secure and strong. He is omniscient and love itself, therefore I am known and loved. He is Savior and Victor over sin, therefore I am saved and free. He is all-sufficient, therefore I am content. He is compassionate and gracious, therefore I can approach Him in need and find mercy and help. (Genesis 2:7; Psalm 139:13-16; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:21; Luke 24:2-6; John 8:32,36; ; 1 Corinthians 15:55-58; 1 John 4:4,8)
How much do we know about who God really is? Are our beliefs shaped by opinions, hearsay, authors, programs, sessions, or the Lord Himself? When do we regularly go to the Source firsthand and inquire, listen, abide? What new has He revealed of Himself that has made a difference recently? His word is alive, His mercies and teaching new every morning, His sustenance sufficient for the day thereof. (Isaiah 50:4; Lamentations 3:22-23; Matthew 6:33-34; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12)
If we commit to genuine pursuit, we should be learning new aspects of His character and ways. We will be freshly sensitized to and enlightened by His working. These truths will alter how we perceive situations and our part in them. Deeper comprehension of God’s attributes will engage our faith and compel us to move forward, take risks, test new opportunities.
Lord, daily increase my knowledge and understanding of You and my application of Your truth, so You are brilliantly glorified as Source and End.