THAT YE MAY KNOW that I AM THE LORD
By Kelli Campbell
“And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.” Exodus 10:2
This month, I started doing a Bible study on the Children of Israel. As I read in Exodus, God has shown me so much! My purpose was to learn what could the Children of Israel possibly be thinking as they journeyed through the wilderness for so many years. I feel like our families life is a little like the Children of Israel. We have no idea what God is doing and why it is taking so long to get where God wants us to be.
I have not even gotten to their journey yet and God has spoken to my heart so clearly. Time after time God says, “I am the LORD.” It was written so much I did the research to find God tells us “I am the LORD” 308 times in the Bible. That is BIG! At first, I thought, wow, God really wants us know that He is the Lord. My second thought was, how sad He has to remind us, so many times, that He is the Lord.
God wants us to know that He is the LORD! There is none like Him (“…that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth” Exodus 9:14). Not only does He want us to know it but He wants us to believe it.
He has done so many things for us that it is impossible to list them. God is so good! He is good to us every day. Even in heartache and pain God is good.
God wants to be OUR God! “And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God…” Exodus 6:7. He loves us so much. He loves this sinful girl so much that He wants to walk and talk with me every day. He wants me in His life just like He wants you.
Why does God have to remind us so much that He is the Lord? The answer is so simple. We exalt ourselves. We exalt ourselves when we question God, refuse to humble ourselves and give up our own personal will. He knows what is best for us. We do not. I have said many times we do not have to like our situation and we do not have to agree with it but we do need to trust Him. Sometimes we have to give up our dreams. Sometimes our prayers do not get answered like we prayed for them to be. How spoiled and pouty we get when we do not get our way with God. Sometimes it is hard to just get through the day. We all have pity parties and feel sorry for ourselves. We just should not stay there. When we feel sorry for ourselves, day after day, it turns to bitterness and that is a place where none of us ought to go.
God wants us to have faith and know that He is the Lord. He wants to prove us. “…that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no,” Exodus 16:4. Remember, it is not us on trial but our faith. Do we really believe that God is OUR God and that He is the Lord? Exodus 19:5 says, “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine.” More than anything, I want to be God’s treasure above all people. I just need to obey Him and keep His commandments. He wants us to serve and love Him. It would be easy, if it was not for our selfish, sinful nature.
“That ye may know how that I am the Lord.” What a powerful statement! What a powerful God! I do not know exactly what the Children of Israel were thinking but I can imagine their shock and fear of such a powerful God Who loved them so much that He heard their cries, saw their afflictions, delivered them from their burdens in a miraculous, unforgettable way, parted the Red Sea, destroyed their enemies, fed them with manna, gave them water to drink out of a rock, lead them to the promised land, and promised to be with them, always!
I cannot imagine what it would have been like to have seen and been part of all that but I have seen the Lord do some pretty amazing things in my life, too many to list, and I am praying and expecting many more wonders. He has met every single need and more. He wants us to tell others. So, tell of His wonders and miracles that He has done for us to our children, grandchildren and to everyone who will listen.
I KNOW that HE IS THE LORD! MY GOD! There is NONE like HIM! HE is ALL I need!
This is just a small portion of what I have learned while studying the Children of Israel.
To be continued . . .