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Who Am I ?

July 18, 2023

2 Samuel 7:18
Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?

Birthdays are a great time to reflect on life’s important questions. King David raises a good one, “who am I?”  This is a good place to start when putting one’s life into perspective.  It may take a believer some time to realize that everything they are and everything they have comes from God.  I learned that lesson the hard way.  About five years ago, I was on a bad path.  I was not depending on God for anything.  As a matter of fact, I was angry at God and those in charge of the local school system for ignoring me.  I was a veteran schoolteacher who had many more years to give yet could not find a job after my school closed.  Instead of depending on my God, I was frustrated and blamed my situation on age discrimination.  I did not pray!  I did not humble myself.  I was full of indignation.  How dare they ignore me!  Well, the Lord answered my complaints, and I ended up getting a teaching job at a school that was not at all to my liking.  I had a very difficult few months at my new school.  It was so difficult that I felt trapped and that I was in a no-win situation.  I cried out to God for the first time in many years in tears of despair.  What was I going to do?  The answer came in an old saying, “the only way out is through.” Go through!  I wanted to go around.  I did not want to go “through” what I would have to face over the next several months.  I humbled myself before my God because, frankly, it was all I could do.  Well, this was not an accident.  God placed me into this no-win situation because it was the best way to get my attention.  I was too busy, caught up with the things of this world, to bother with my heavenly Father.  Not anymore!  He had my undivided attention.

I am not a king, but I am a deacon at my church.  I am not a Billy Graham, but I have a teaching ministry. I will never be a well-known Christian author, but I now have a Christian book published. I look back from where I have come, when I was a pile of nerves and distress, to see the Lord’s work in me.  He is my Rock and my Salvation.  He is the One who has lifted me up from the ashes.  He took me from the pig’s trough where I was feeding.  My encouragement for you today is to humble yourself before your God if you are struggling and feel so far away.  The Lord will welcome you back with loving arms and lift you up to heights you could never achieve on your own.  I echo the words of King David, Who am I, O Lord God…that You have brought me this far?”

Dave F

       ‘69 / ‘76 / Egg Harbor Twp   NJ

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Doris Jean H

’44 / ’55 Manheim PA

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