I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.
When the Lord would address His people, He would often remind them of all He had done for them. The phrase, “I am the Lord your God who…” is repeated countless times in the Old Testament. The Israelites didn’t simply know Him as “God.” They knew Him as the God who had rescued them, who had been merciful to them, who had provided for them in the desert, and who had conquered their enemies.
God may not have rescued me from an oppressive Egypt, but He has done incredible things in my life. “I am the Lord your God who (fill in the blank).” I began to think about all the things I could put in that blank. He is the God who brought me out of darkness into the light. He is the God who comforted me during the hardest times of my life. And He is the God who blessed me with an amazing family and two beautiful daughters. I could go on for days about all of the things I could fill that blank with.
Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget all the things God has done in my life. I get so wrapped up in the day-to-day and all the stress that comes along with it. I worry about things that really don’t matter – all because I have forgotten what God is capable of. Like the Israelites, I need to be reminded time and time again.
Not only can we look back at our lives to see all of the amazing things God has done for us, but the Bible gives us many promises to hold on to:
But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. – Psalm 42:8 (NLT)
I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. – Psalm 57:2 (NLT)
But for those who are righteous, the way is not steep and rough. You are a God who does what is right and you smooth out the path ahead of them. – Isaiah 26:7 (NLT)
This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow. – Isaiah 48:17 (NLT)
But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. – Romans 4:5 (NLT)
That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing. – Romans 4:17 (NLT)
May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. – Romans 15:5 (NLT)
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. – 2 Corinthians 5:18 (NLT)
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. – Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)
We serve an amazing God! These are just some of the verses that give us glimpse into the heart and mind of our Creator.
This past week has been stressful and difficult. What guided me through, however, was remembering the God I serve. He has been with me through thick and thin, and He has proven His love and faithfulness. I can truly depend on Him and trust Him with my life – all because of who He is.
Now it’s your turn to fill in the blank.
I am the Lord your God who…