God Is With Us
Exodus 6:7 [NIRV]
07 “I will take you to be my own people. I will be your GOD. You will know that I am the LORD your GOD when I throw off the load the Egyptians have put on your shoulders.”
Further Study: Genesis 17:7 [NASB]; 2 Chronicles 20:17 [NLT]; Psalms 46:10 [NCV]; Joshua 1:5 [NCV]
GOD has made a covenant with His people. In Genesis 17, GOD enter into an everlasting covenant with His people. And from then on, He will be GOD to His people and all the generations after. GOD will take us as His people and He will stand by us.
GOD is saying, you are My very own. And because you are My people, I will be with you. In 2 Chronicles 20:17, GOD says you will not need to fight. You need only to stand strong in your places, and you will see the LORD save you. You need not be discouraged or afraid because the LORD is with you. And because the LORD is with you, His victory is with you. We have a GOD who is BIGGER than we think.
Often, when we are faced with challenging situations, we are all panicky and scrambled in all directions looking for solutions. But GOD wants us to be still and know that He is GOD. He is the LORD All-Powerful Who is with us. He is our Defender. And He is BIGGER than we think. He is the All-Powerful GOD, He is our Fortress.
Yet, GOD is not saying that we are to literally do nothing. GOD says in 2 Chronicles 20:17, that we are to take our positions – we need to stand strong in our places. We need to recognize who we are in the LORD and know that it is not through our strength that victories come to us. For the battle is not ours but the battle belongs to the LORD.
I remember I was once accused by an ex-colleague for something I never did. It was a terrible feeling for we were colleagues for many years. She was not only a colleague but was also a dear friend to me. I was both disappointed and hurt by the whole incident. Nevertheless, I stood my ground and told myself that GOD is my Defender. He will preserve my integrity and defend for me for what I have not done. He will prove my innocence. Therefore, I need not fret. I need not run around trying to explain to everyone what was happening. GOD stands by me who is His child, and He fights this battle for me.
Truly, GOD did exactly what He said in 2 Chronicles. I know who my GOD is. He is BIG GOD who is just and righteous. After rounds of inquiries, the facts indicate that I never did what this ex-colleague said I did. The final verdict – I am innocent.
GOD has fought this battle on my behalf. I only need to take up my position as a child of GOD and stand strong knowing that He is Yahweh, our Jehovah. He is my LORD and my GOD. No other names can stand before Him. No injustice can stand before Him! No poverty can stand before Him! No sickness can stand before Him! Evil has to flee! Enemies will have to take flight! All these have to bow at the Name of our GOD. Our GOD is indeed BIGGER than you think.
GOD told Joshua, “All your life, no one will be able to hold out against you. In the same way I was with Moses, I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you.” Similarly, GOD is saying this to you and I today, that He will be with us all the days of our life. And He will not forsake us nor forget us, for we are His people and He is our GOD.
“Dear GOD, indeed You are the All-Powerful-GOD Who never forsake us nor leave us. I am confident that you will stand by me in all circumstances. I declare Your Greatness. And I know who I am in You. I am Your child and I am Your people. With this identity, I can stand against all odds and I trust in Your Everlasting Name. Thank You GOD for all that You have done for me and will be doing for me. And I want to say I love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen!