See. Now.

“The Lord is my solid rock, my fortress, my rescuer. My God is my rock. I take refuge in Him!  He’s my shield, my salvation’s strength, my place of safety.” Psalm 18:2

How many of you believe that? How many of you know that? You know the promise that He is who He says He is, you know it is true, you know His word won’t return void, and you know that He is the firm foundation on which you can stand.

But how many times have you found yourself in uncertainty, and doubt, and convincing yourself that God will never accomplish the task that He has asked you to do. How many times have you found yourself putting too much weight into that uncertainty, and doubt? Too many times, that is me.

I am going to do it! I am about to walk on water!

It is almost like Peter wanting to walk on water. They are in the middle of a storm, and technically they were safe in the boat (struggling but safe), and Peter tells Jesus to call him out of the boat to walk on water. And He does, and Peter steps out of the boat.

Honestly, I bet that moment, that first step was pretty easy. Jesus said “Come”, and he was going to do it with full confidence. He knew the wind and the waves were there but it didn’t matter. The only thing that mattered was Jesus said to come. I actually bet it was pretty exciting. Because, let us be real, when God calls us to do something, a lot of times at first it is really exciting.

I am going to do it! I am about to walk on water!

But then “reality” sets in. Peter is walking on water in the middle of a storm, when the storm could drown him. And the reality decreased his faith. Seeing the strength of the wind and the waves, caused him to take his eyes off of Jesus. The situation effected his faith, and fear caused him to begin to sink.

What do you do when you are walking on water, in the middle of the wind and the waves?

I am no stranger to storms. I’m not. We were in Puerto Rico when Maria hit. We were on my parents boat when this monster storm came over as we were quickly trying to make it to safety. These weren’t a passing summer shower, or an afternoon thunderstorm that passes as quickly as it started.

My reality was the storms were bad. The storms caused destruction,and I was not oblivious to the fact that the storms could harm us. And sometimes life is like this. You are stuck in uncertainty, there are mountains, and hurdles surrounding you, and you don’t know how or if God will be faithful.

Let me share this piece of gold that I found in scripture today.

“He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and His ways are just. A faithful God does no wrong, upright and just is He.” Deuteronomy 32:4

Do you believe that?

Let’s skip down to verse 30.
“How could one have chased a thousand, and two have put tens of thousands to flight, unless the Rock had sold them? For their rock is not as our Rock, our enemies are by themselves.”
So let me share what this means for you right now. If God is for you, then anything that you are going to face doesn’t have any weight, when He calls you to come. You’re “enemies” don’t have God on their side.
The hurdles/mountains surrounding you don’t have God’s favor. The plans He puts in your heart do. And if the hurdles don’t have anything behind them, and the plans that He put in your heart do… then His plans are going to go forth. You just have do be ready, be still, and know that He is God.

Famous last words

But now we have verse 39. “See now that I, that even I, am He.”
Deuteronomy 32 is the song of Moses. This is right before Moses blesses the tribes, and then heads off to where God shows him the land that had been promised and dies. These are basically Moses’s famous last words. And you want to pay attention to people’s last words. They matter. And Moses’s last words are a warning. God even tells Moses that this song will be a witness for Him against the Israelites.
I imagine it is probably emotional as Moses had lead the Israelites out of Egypt, through the parted Red Sea, and lead them in the desert for 40 years. And God was just telling him that after he dies the people will begin to worship foreign gods, and break the covenant He made with them (not exactly what someone wants to hear at the end of their life, right?).
It has got to be emotional for the Israelites too. There long time leader is about to die, and someone else is commissioned to carry on the task of leading them into the promised land. This is a big deal. This is a big moment, and I bet there was a lot of uncertainty.
After all this time, will they actually make it into the land God promised them?
And in this, Moses encourages them strongly to take heart these words, because they are their life.
But let’s go a little deeper.

See. Now.

I love those 2 words in verse 39. See. Now. Because those words can be applicable in any of our uncertain circumstances today.

See. Now.

I really do love the word “see”. And this isn’t the first time it’s used in scripture.

ra’ah. And it is used a lot in the Old Testament. Like over 1000 times.

To see. Look at. Inspect. Perceive. Consider. Have vision.

It also means to cause to see. To be seen. To present oneself. to appear. Behold. Stand in awe and be amazed.

Gen. 1:4 God saw that the light was good. (also in 1:9. 10, 12, 18, 21, in response to seeing creation was good)
Gen 3:6 Eve saw that the tree was beautiful.
Gen 22:13 Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in the thicket.

This word seems to hold the meaning that you really see what you are looking at. It is not just a passing gaze. You look at with the intention of really knowing something. What you see catches your attention.

In your circumstances, are you “seeing” as God wants us to?

What boat have you stepped out of? And what are you current wind and waves? Disappointment? Discouragement? Fear? Doubt? Disbelief?  What is uncertain in your life? What hurdles are you facing? What tunnel can you not see the light at the end of?

God says “See now.”

Now, see that He is faithful, even though you can’t see the road ahead.
Now, see that He is good, even in the middle of the storm.
Now, see that His word will not return void.
Now, see and know that He is HE.
Now, see that there is no other God before Him.
Now, see that no one can be taken from His hand.

When you walk fully knowing that He is God. keeping your eyes on Him, you will walk through uncertainties like you are walking on solid ground, just as Peter began to walk on water because you can firmly stand on the Solid Rock. You will know that the things that come against you have no weight compared to the favor that is on your life, and that you can never be taken from the protection of His mighty hand.

 

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