“In Judah God is known;
his name is great in Israel.”
Throughout the course of our life, with all of its twists and turns—each heartache, disappointment, and circumstance we can’t understand—the most important factor for those of us in Christ is that we know who our God is.
What could be more vital? What will have a greater impact on how we cope with the difficult seasons of life?
Creator God, the Almighty, the Sovereign One is known to us. He has revealed Himself to us in the face of Jesus Christ, and has done so in a very personal way—drawing us to Himself through nothing less than the sacrifice of His Son on the cross. His love for us is great. His faithfulness is everlasting. The very foundation of His throne is righteousness, and He will never forsake His own.
There will be moments when we can’t feel Him. When it seems as if our prayers go unheard and darkness surrounds us. But in the midst of our questions, our doubts, our shifting emotions and inability to sense His presence, our God of light, grace and power surrounds us as the mountains surround Jerusalem (Psalm 125:2). We still walk in His faithfulness, even when we don’t see it (Psalm 26:3). Because He is unchangeable.
“But Zion said, ‘The LORD has forsaken me; my LORD has forgotten me.’ Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands, your walls are continually before me” (Isaiah 49:14-16).
The verses below reveal characteristics of our God—who He is for us and how He cares for each of us. This is the God who has committed Himself to your welfare, whose goodness and mercy follow you each day of your life. You are not forgotten—not for a moment.
“My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
“God is our refuge and strength”
“As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.”
“The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.”
“And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.”
“The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.”
“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD his God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed,
who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets the prisoners free;
the LORD opens the eyes of the blind.
The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD watches over the sojourners;
he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.”