” I’m Already There…”

There is this song by Lonestar, ” I’m Already There…” and it is about a man calling his family while he is away. He is sad he could not be there with them, but to comfort himself and his family he just answers:

I’m already there
Take a look around
I’m the sunshine in your hair
I’m the shadow on the ground

I’m the whisper in the wind
I’m your imaginary friend
And I know, I’m in your prayers
Oh I’m already there

Music touches my heart so deeply when it comes to my faith, because I read lyrics not in the sense of what the song is trying to convey but what I believe God is speaking to me through it. It doesn’t have to be a Christian song at all, God speaks through everything.

I brought this particular song up, because there is a verse that has been on my heart for the past few weeks. It is interesting, because this particular verse that is found out of Deuteronomy was a concept I saw inside the verse last year. God speaks through what He knows we already know.

Before I go into this verse in Deuteronomy 31:8, I want to share a bit about the beginning of Deuteronomy 31, and give an idea as to what is happening.

Picture Moses, Joshua, and the Isrealites standing on the edge of the river. Moses is 120 years old. He has done what God had asked of him, and God was ready to raise up a leader in Joshua.
Moses knew that the people would be hesitant to leave him, but also knew he needed to prepare the people that his journey with them had come to an end.

“I am now a hundred and twenty years old and I am no longer able to lead you. The LORD has said to me, ‘You shall not cross the Jordan.’ The LORD your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy these nations before you, and you will take possession of their land. Joshua also will cross over ahead of you, as the LORD said.” (Deuteronomy 31:2-3)

I think what might be being said here is that the people would not be able to face the nations before them until an appointed time. God had to cross over first, and then he would have Joshua follow Him.

I love how it did not go like this, ” Joshua will go ahead of you, and we hope he finds God there.”

Just as Moses was preparing the Isrealites for his departure with them, I would suggest that knowing Joshua no longer had Moses for a leader, that he was handed the staff and in Moses eyes it could have been said, ” Your Lord God will cross over before YOU.” He might have wanted Joshua to know that he would not be leading the people alone or blindly. He might have said that to first and foremost comfort Joshua.

The LORD will deliver them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31: 5-6)

Moses shares that the nations would be delivered to them, which is exactly why God told them to stay put and wait. God would know exactly what the best plan would be for the people. He tells them there is no reason to be afraid. God already knows the outcome.

“Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. 8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:7-8)

There is a pattern we can see in Deuteronomy 31 that I have not seen with other scripture. Moses tells the people: ” The Lord God will crossover before you,” ” The Lord goes with you,” ” The Lord himself, goes before you, and will be with you.”

I love how God never once says he is going ahead of them without saying that He will also be with them.

I think too often we forget that God knows the plans He has for us, but that He does not leave us to take them on alone. He is there with us through the journey.

I know as someone who is preparing to be led a different direction in my life, one that means it is a journey He leads, but that I follow; that there will be people following my footsteps too.

As many times as I’ve seen this verse the last few weeks in Deuteronomy 31:8, I can’t help but hear God saying loudly to my heart, ” I got this, I have your back, if you get discouraged…I may be ahead of you, but I’m still right here.”

We are not meant to go through this life alone, regardless of how much knowledge we think we have on accomplishing something, and regardless what position we have, we need to know we have support, we need to know God is there, and that He will place people in our lives that help to mold us into what He needs us to become for His namesake.

God is going to ask us to lead. It might mean we are going to have to put something down. It might mean the things we have to let go of might be people in our life. It might mean we have to change who we are so much that it takes a toll on us. It might mean that we might have to lose our lives completely for the cost of following Christ.

Whatever it means for us. He already knows, He was already there.

We are standing in his footprint.

LSOF: Complexity of Authenticity (From the Archives)

LSOF: Complexity of Authenticity

Let me ask you.

What does it mean to be real before God and others?

I want you to really think about this for a moment.

I think sometimes so much of who we are as Christians is molded up in some tight religious way of thinking; we really don’t know what it means to be real, to be authentic.

Therefore, that is the Complexity of Authenticity.

Everyone has had a “spiritual identity crisis” at least a few dozen times over the course of their life, and sadly some never really experience who they truly are in Christ.

I have fought with the ” Believing God” study, because I can only read as far as,

” I am who God says I am.”

I don’t get any further.

What about you? Do you find it hard to be genuinely who you were created to be?

Come on now, I know there are people out there who are obsessed with fashion craze, diets, hair dye, new cars, Tivo, etc.

Did you ever think who you would be without those things.

Maybe; who you were supposed to be.

Honestly, this devotional topic has been a struggle for me to write, because it was a question God threw at me to; ” Okay, while we are on the subject…” you know what I mean.

It is interesting to me how much more I get tested now that I am in ministry;

Think about it like this;

You are in an executive meeting, with like 20 people in the room, and you have the director up front.

He is going on about what things have to be done, deadlines met things like that, and then he brings his attention to you.

” This job is for you, but if you don’t do your research, and complete it to company standards, there will be a big problem.”

To ensure that he feels comfortable with you in taking on that project he pairs you up with another co-worker.

Then the next meeting, after a fabulous presentation, the Director pulls you aside and says,

” Great job on that, but I wanted to ask you if you wouldn’t mind taking on this piece.”

You just did a great presentation, and now you are being given another job that is not what you had in mind.

But you are also doing it on your own. Without help.

Now think of us.

Put it this way, God is just making sure we have faith enough to handle the next situation that comes our way, and so He gives us a few practice tests.

I mean you can’t very well get to the ending of a story, if you don’t have the beginning and middle? right?

To be authentic..

Does that mean you will agree with everyone. No. and don’t try just because you feel the need to pop your social status.

Its meaningless.

Does it mean that everyone will agree with what you do or how you say things? No.

You are going to step on people’s toes, just try to do it as graceful as possible.

and be kind about it.

What it does mean is that we need to be the same from when we wake up in the morning until we close our eyes at night.

I have been so convicted in this whole area, because like you I am in this world, like you there are days where I would rather run the other way instead of doing what God asks of me, in any area of life.

I don’t know if you know about Peter; first of all He was the one that denied Jesus 3 times before the cock crowed.

And Christ rose from the dead and asked Peter, ” Do you love me?” and Peter replied something like, ” Of course Lord, I like you a lot.” and the same conversation went on for a few minutes until Christ said, ” Do you really really love me?” and Peter was convicted and said, ” You know all Lord.”

Isn’t that us.

And Peter, even after seeing Christ rise from the dead; when he knew he was going to be crucified, he ran away, and it was Jesus that he met on the road that stopped him to ask where he was going.

Peter turned right back around and ran to be crucified, and not just crucified but upside down because he didn’t feel worthy enough of being crucified the same way Jesus was.

What a story.

Honestly friends, God knows us. He knows us SO well.

Has He ever stopped you on your way to do something to remind you who you were in the midst of you sin?

I know that has to convict a lot of us, but this whole thing is burning in my heart, because if you can’t be who God wants you to be, if you’d rather follow how the world works, you will never completely receive all the treasures God can give you.

And I am not talking about just in heaven.

You will miss out here.

Be Blessed my friends.

Go be you:)