Justin Tucker, LHBC Worship Pastor

Isaiah 43:16-19
This is what the LORD says – He who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

You are
Way maker, miracle worker
Promise keeper, light in the darkness
My God, that is who You are

Have you ever found yourself in a place in life when you think, “I don’t know where to go from here” or “I’m not sure if I’ll make it through this”? I know that I have. When the Lord led us to move back to Clarksville in the spring of 2014, due to a new job that I had taken, we found ourselves in a different financial picture. My new job paid less than the one before and we were going to triple our living expenses moving from a small rental property and buying our first home. It was a scary situation for both Michele and I and we both knew that we were going to have to buckle down on a budget. In the fall of 2014, we found out that we were pregnant with Ruby Jo which meant doctor bills and the need for a new car that would accommodate a family. On one of our early visits to the doctor we were pulled into the financial office and I was pretty sure that I would be selling off a kidney when we left. Well, the lady walking through the finances with us opened up her folder and it was empty. She told us that all of our prenatal care had been taken care of. It turned out that Michele had walked through end of life stages for a family member of the business office manager and she wanted to bless our family. We were blown away. We walked out of the office that day crying because God had showed up in a big way and made His faithfulness evident to us.  Fast forward to Michele’s last week of maternity leave…she ended up getting a job offer where the starting pay would include a pay increase that was the exact amount that I had given up when we moved back here. Again, God worked out a blessing in our lives and I believe it was all because we followed where he led. He made a way, He gave direction, He worked out a miracle, and He kept His promise. He was faithful even in our struggle to see how our lives would work out.

That was our story but there are countless other stories of Jesus working miracles out all through scripture, Whether it is a healing of a centurion’s servant, raising Lazarus from the dead, or one of the many Old Testament miracles like parting the Red Sea or the Jordan river for the Israelites to cross one thing remains the same. When we are obedient to His commands and we give Him lordship over our lives He is faithful to meet our needs, break chains of fear or addiction, provide a way out of temptation, or give us the direction that He wants us to go. Not only is He our way maker; He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is still in the business of working miracles and keeping His promises. When we find ourselves in situations that seem dire, we need to remember His promises and speak them over our own lives to remind us that He is faithful. Hebrews 13:8 says that “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.” I hope that you can find comfort in that today because He is faithful and as long as we have breath in our lungs He is still at work in our lives. Remember and trust that…

Even when I don’t see it You’re working
Even when I don’t feel it You’re working
You never stop, You never stop working

Father, thank you for your faithfulness in my life. Thank you for showing up when life gets hard and it seems like there is no way out. Thank you for reminding me that You are always at work in our lives. Help me to stand on Your promises and remember to speak them over my life. Thank you most of all for making a way for us to be in relationship with You through Jesus. Lord, I love you and I give you all the glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Psalm 42:5- Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him my salvation.