The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
He is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
~ Exodus 15:2 ~
It’s just like the Lord to remind us of things He’s done for us through His word.
I was trying to memorize Exodus 15:2 for the Community Bible Study (CBS) I attend on Wednesdays. It’s not a difficult passage to memorize, but I was struggling; I needed to memorize it by the 26th of October. Every day of the lesson has a space for us to write down the verse to help us memorize it:
As I was writing the verse down, the words, “My father’s God,…” jumped out and brought me to tears. They were the answer to a doubt I had—that maybe Dad wasn’t with the Lord.
You see, my dad died four years ago, sometime between October 22-26th. My doubt was founded on the fact that Dad refused to go into a church; he studied different religions, and preferred to come to his own conclusions—none of which he would discuss with me. The only time I saw him in church was at his brother’s and my brother’s funerals. Thus, I sometimes wondered what Dad believed and the “status” of his soul.
However, prior to his death, something unusual happened—the Lord asked me to pray for his salvation. When the call of his passing came, I assumed (with a 99% certainty) that he went home to Jesus. Those three words, “My father’s God,…,” gave me the full assurance of his being with Jesus and removed any doubt that remained. An extra blessing: I was able to memorize Exodus 15:2 and recite it during our group meeting.
Do you have any doubts hiding in your heart? Ask Him; He will faithfully reveal them and comfort you with His truth.
Dear Father of my father, You are a God of compassion and comfort. You bring out the hidden things and expose them in the light of Your word, so that no doubts remain. Thank You for forgiving that doubt and giving me the hope of seeing Dad again when I go home to You. It’s because of Your love toward us, through Jesus, that You bring comfort and assurance to each one of us who confess the Lord Jesus and believe in our heart that He rose from the dead (Romans 10:9-11). You are, Lord, so faithful! In Jesus’ precious saving name, amen.
P.S. I wrote about Dad in a two-part post, “I Remember Dad,” if you’re interested; you’ll find Part 1 at https://thecrackerbarrel.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/i-remember-dad-part-1/. Part 2 is at https://thecrackerbarrel.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/i-remember-dad-part-2/