And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” Exodus 20:1
I have always enjoyed hiking and especially in the mountains. I have been on the Peaks of Otter many times and for a summer after college had the privilege of working at a camp in the Rockies. The high altitude took some getting used to but the surroundings were amazing and the views from the top of Castle Rock Mountain were breathtaking. I remember thinking as a young man, just out of college, what God might have in store for me. I spent a lot of time praying and searching for God’s expectations on my life.

Over the past 27 years God has brought me through a number of amazing experiences and blessings. There have been difficult times both personally and in ministry, but God has always been faithful. There have been miracles on mission trips and during ministry that can only be explained by God’s providence. I don’t recall ever hearing an audible voice and there was no burning bush on Castle Rock Mountain, but it was clear to me that God had a plan for my life. In today’s passage, like my own experience, God revealed two important things to the Israelites: Who He is and what He did for them. “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”

I’ve always been surprised at how easily the people of Israel forgot the LORD and the things He did for them. The Old Testament is riddled with the phrases “and the people did evil in the sight of the Lord,” and “the Israelites again forsook the Lord.” I don’t get it! How could the very people who witnessed the devastating plagues in Egypt, who walked on dry ground between two walls of water, and who followed a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day into the promised land forget and forsake the very One who made it happen?

What is even more disappointing is that we too easily forget what God has done for us. We not only have the testimony of the Israelites in the Old Testament but the examples of Christ and the early church throughout the New Testament, not to mention God’s faithfulness in the life of this church. God is I AM. He is our deliverer. He is the same “yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

Let us not forget today how God has worked here at HHBC in its development and growth. Be reminded of God’s continuing desire that we put our faith in Him and that we rely on Him for our hope and refuge. You may be hurting, troubled, doubting or doing just fine in life right now, but today, take some time examining where you are in your faith and recall those times of blessing and faithfulness that God has demonstrated for His people, His church, and for you.

Rev. Brian Freerksen