Why does God sometimes only come in the nick of time? When all seems lost, it looks like it is impossible, there is no chance that we can do it and then God turns up.
Maybe because then he can show us more of his glory. We cannot then say we did it. We were very capable ourselves, thank you very much. He is a jealous God and He knows He deserves all the glory. He just allows some of his glory to shine on us.
He also does not want us to be mediocre. He made us to be incredible, in his image and likeness. He invites us to defy impossible odds at times. Sometimes a test to see who we trust? Sometimes in challenging circumstances God is guiding our steps through the difficulty.
Like Gideon’s army in the book of Judges, they were outnumbered but that’s what God wanted because then who could boast? If the army was huge and won, then they did it in their own strength. But the army ended up being 300 men with trumpets and jars, fighting against an army 450 times bigger. That’s right an army of 135,000!
God wants to get full credit for what is rightly his. Maybe our impossible situations are times when we can experience a whole new dimension of God’s glory and we can learn to trust in Him.
In the beginning of time as written in Genesis 1:2, “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
God is the same yesterday, today and in the future.
Just like the ‘unknown’ did not frighten God because He was in control. The earth had not been created yet and it was dark and deep and definitely ‘unknown’ by us anyway. But God’s spirit was waiting ready, hovering ready to do the work when the word was spoken. So, any situation dark and deep that we are in, if we trust in Him, waiting for the Holy Spirit and his word will create a new beautiful and wonderful place for us and our situation.
God is there before us, with us and behind us (he has our back) all at the same time.
If you look at the Hebrew word for ‘over’ the waters, over means in the presence of, before and behind, from before time, in front of and so the Holy Spirit was hovering before and behind in the eternity that the Father, Son and Spirit live in. They are not hindered by time for it was before time, that the Holy Spirit was over the waters. Time has been a property made for man.
David, in his Psalms, had discovered God was for us in every timeframe. Psalm 139 describes God searching and knowing us, knowing everything about us.
“O lord you have searched me and you know me.”
You know when I sit and when I rise you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down, you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely O Lord.”
Verse 5 says,”you hem me in, before and behind.”
O wow! ’Over’ in Hebrew means before and behind. God hovers over us! He hems himself in over me, contains himself over me, he is the contain-er and I am the contain -ee. He envelopes me.
He is completely in control for our lives. He is before us and has our back all at the same time. He has no time or dimensional limitations.
You are “over ” me all of the time.
How wonderful to know that God is caring for us all of the time.
Verse 6,” You have laid your hand upon me.”
Verse 7, “where can I go from your spirit? You are there!”
Verse 9-10, “If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, EVEN there your hand will lead me.”
You hold me, protect me, guide me, love me. Oh, how blessed am I? Your powerful right hand which is a depiction of God’s support and strength. His power holds us safe, firm, on the right path and direction for our lives.
How great is our God! A battle cry of mine for about 5 years now.
If He is for us who can be against us! We have the victory, for we are in his army and he is victorious.
So, when you feel defeated, feel things are hopeless or not working out, trust in Him, speak words of truth aloud, our God is for us and with us.
His spirit is over us and His right hand holds us fast to Him. It is definitely with love that God hugs me to Him. We are his beloved! Remember that!