Riverside Community Church Blog

If you have read any of my previous blogs you know that I tend to write based on personal experiences. Today will be no different:)

So I’ve had this realization over the past year that it is very easy for me to forget the many good things that God has done for me in my life. In the midst of my worry and fear and confusion and pain, I often panic. I get overwhelmed by the current situation which can seem impossible to overcome and it IS impossible on my own.

Lately I have been reminded to look up when in the midst of trial, worry, confusion. Turn to God’s word to be reminded of God’s goodness, provision and faithfulness. To sit for a few minutes and remember all the ways that God has revealed himself to me and to so many other precious people in my life. In the Bible we see God’s faithfulness to his people time and time again. One passage that really stands out to me is when God parts the Red Sea. The passage I’m referring to is in Exodus 14:21-31. The Israelities saw God perform this miracle and save them from the Egyptians. They witnessed it. Literally God parted the waters. Mind blowing! Yet we see in the very next chapter the same people who witnessed this miracle complaining about their current situation. And then in the next chapter the same story and so on and so on. I encourage you to read this section of scripture. It’s such a powerful reminder of God’s provision, love and patience!

I can see myself in the Israelites. I am guilty of complaining and whining and worrying while forgetting all of the things God has done for me and for so many around me. I can think of a most recent example. My healing from Lyme disease comes to mind. After five years God has healed me. A prayer I have prayed every day for the past five years! I am grateful for this answered prayer and so many others but I forget about God’s goodness…often!

1 Samuel 7:12 says "Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, 'Till now the Lord has helped us.'"

Ebenezer means “stone of help.” Samuel was remembering what God did for him. He set up a large stone in this place to remind him how the Lord rescued the Israelites from the Philistines.

Samuel wanted to remember God’s great help and deliverance. We also need to remember God’s faithfulness and deliverance to help us in our current situations that we are going through. This does not mean that our current situations will be void of fear, worry, or other overwhelming emotions but it helps to refocus our minds on things above, remembering God’s goodness and all the ways He has been there for us in the past.

This song is on repeat for me right now. Such a good reminder that God is still “Just as Good’ today as He was yesterday before the diagnosis, before the job loss, before the affair, before the death. I pray that we remember His goodness no matter what our circumstances in life may be.



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