Friday, September 25, 2009
What has God been to me...
Homemakers Moments over at Homemaker Chronicles is What has God been to you? Everything...that is what comes to mind...everything. At different times in my life he has been different things. I so relate to the song I Am by Nichole Nordeman. If you haven't every listened to it I would highly recommend it. But for the sake of time I will share what God has been to me this week. He has been my Comfort and Strength. My husband worked nights this past week, which always is a trying time for me as I parent solo for the week. It gives me great compassion for single parents. On top of the normal strains that comes from Kyle working nights this week also had a few more bumps. For example dropping my son off at Little Mozart class, driving across town to pick up flooring, realizing that I was going to be late while I waited for them to load the van, also realizing my husband had estimated wrong and the flooring wouldn't fit, calling my friend to tell her I would be late to pick up my son, and once arriving to pick him up learning he hadn't not been the best listener during class. That was just a 45 min period of my week! So I have called on my God for comfort and strength multiple times this week. One morning I arrived at the YMCA for my morning workout totally exhausted emotionally and it was only 8:45 am. I began the elliptical machine and looked up to see this flash across a tv
His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet. Nahum 1:3
It was like God was telling me I am in this storm. I am using it. When I got home I looked up the scripture wanting to read it in context. So here is what I found:
The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies. The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebukes the sea and dries it up; he makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither and the blossoms of Lebanon fade. The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it. Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his fierce anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; the rocks are shattered before him. The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:2-7
Now if you are like me, you may be thinking YIKES! I was hoping for God is love and rest in Him. Not verses about God's wrath, but you know what when you look closely this is about God's love. See He is holy and therefore must avenge those who sin against Him. Yet "He cares for those who trust in him". So he provided Christ as a substitute for us. So if we trust in Christ alone for our eternity, we don't have to fear His wrath, but can rejoice that He is "a refuge in times of trouble".