Who am I, Lord?
A relevant topic warrants repeating, so this month we are revisiting a topic from some years ago. Most mornings in the growing season you will find me outside shortly after dawn watering my garden veggies and flowers, then sitting on the back patio to read a daily Bible reading and to “contemplate life.” For several days this past season, the question “Who am I, Lord?” was persistently on my mind. I have learned that when thoughts are persistent I should pay attention. It could be something I need to address in my own relationship with the Lord or with Carolyn. It could be a topic that needs to be written for covenant keepers.
We all ask this question in one form or another at various times in our lives. One variation, “Why me, Lord?” comes when times are tough or when our spouse has done something we see as hurtful or sinful.
Consider the question “Who am I, Lord?” with emphasis on the “who.” You are a son or daughter, a brother or sister, a husband or wife, a father or mother, an uncle or aunt, a grandfather or grandmother. You are a worker at a job. Most importantly for your self-identity, you are a child of God, saved by grace. You are a covenant keeper.
Have you ever been asked (with astonishment) “Who are you?” by someone who doubts the validity of your stance on covenant marriage or your “right” to stand for marriage restoration after your spouse has “moved on.” You are the prayer warrior sitting in the place of authority to pray over your spouse and family. You are the one emboldened to speak out on covenant marriage. You are the mentor to other covenant keepers and marriages in distress. You are a covenant keeper.
Perhaps you’ve heard a different emphasis, as in “Who are you?” with implied doubt of your uniqueness and validity to stand for a marriage that most of the world considers dead and over. You are a keeper of covenant promises made at your wedding before God and witnesses. You are a child of God listening to His instructions, promises and statements made in His Holy Word. You are a covenant keeper.
Read and reflect on these verses for covenant keepers:
Jeremiah 33:1-3 “The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the guard: ‘Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.’”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”
Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
Philippians 4:6-8 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Isaiah 54:17 “‘…no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me,’ declares the Lord”.
Who are you? You are a covenant keeper!