1/27/2018 – God, are You for Me or not? – Pr. Rick Nagaoka

Scripture:
And he called the place Massah and Meribah because the Israelites quarreled and because they tested the LORD saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?” – Exodus 17:7

Observation:
The children of Israel, even after their deliverance from Egypt and witnessing first hand the power of the Lord as He destroyed all their enemies in the Red Sea, continued to complain about their freedom. Scripture says they quarreled and tested God to the point of saying, “God are you for me or not?” Miracle after miracle, provision after provision and they still questioned who He was to them. It wasn’t until Ex. 19 that they understood just who God was, because up til that point God’s power was exhibited toward their enemies. It was the first time that the power and might of God was directed toward them.

In the scripture above, you see it’s in this place of complaining, quarreling and questioning God that the Amalekites came in to attack them.

It’s after they experienced God’s awesome power and holiness that the Lord answers their question of being for them or not. Ex. 19:5 ~ “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.”

Application:
So many times I see Christians going through exactly this, they’ve left their Egypt behind and are wandering why they are still struggling through things. They find themselves complaining, quarreling and even questioning if God is for them. The challenge is that when this happens they open themselves for the enemy to attack.

It’s in these hard places that God is saying if you truly acknowledge me as Lord and Savior then obey my commands and you will be my treasured possession. Which means that you are highly valued and loved!

Prayer:
Lord, help us to remember your authority over all things. Beyond meeting my provisions let us remember you are a holy God and that we are your treasured possession. Help us to continually live under your covenant and trust that you have our best in mind. In your Name, Jehovah Nissi…let your Banner be raised over us!