God is known by what He has done. It’s like a CV or a track record; you look back and consider the candidate based on what has happenend in his life up until now. And you vote accordingly.
And your vote is a note of faith in the future. You make the decision: is he up to the task?
Based on the evidence, He will be.
And it has to be relevant experience. No good promoting a brilliant petshop owner to run your Personnel department (But then again, maybe you could?). Do you have experience in the right field, the right area of expertise?
So the Lord comes forward to His people, and the prophet is unabashed about presenting His credentials. He is saying, in effect, “If He did it before, He can do it again.”
And here He is. He is the LORD. The name Yahweh is significant. It means something like “Always was, always will be.” He is the I AM. He is eternally consistent. Loyal, Never deflected or distracted from who He is!. Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us and “Lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” It’s the promise of consistent companionship, unflagging support and comfort.
I am the Lord who opened a way through the waters. Isn’t that wonderful? There are so many situations in our lives that leave us feeling trapped. Stuck. Cornered. We look at the bills in this hand and the bank balance in the other hand and wonder how on earth we can make this work.
One Christmas our youngest son was making the long tedious bus journey to stay with us for the holidays. First came a four hour journey to the big city, then a change to the ferry port, then a two hour crossing, and then a five hour bus journey to the city where we lived. And that year, the snow fell as the temperature plummeted, the bus ran late because of the ice but the ferry left on time, and somehow, at the change point, our son lost his connection and was stranded in sub-zero Dublin at midnight. His phone lost its charge and we had no way of getting to him.
We were stuck, completely stuck, and desperately needed a way “through the waters.” We prayed. We managed a contact through Facebook messages; we tried to enlist friends that we knew in the Dublin area who might help. And then we drove to Holyhead (the port on the UK side).
On the plus side we had a good idea of our son’s resourcefulness. Before the connection failed we suggested that he camp out at the ferry waiting area. We had the notion of going across ourselves to make the connection.
In the event he managed to hitch a ride, get his phone charged and meet at us at the ferry port on the UK side. Done. No worries.
But it had been a tense time.
Somehow the Lord never lets you get stuck for long. He opens the way.
“I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a dry path through the sea.”