BUT I KNOW MY GOD!

 

In “Flags of Our Fathers,” author James Bradley tells the story of the famous photograph of Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima.  When published, it appeared in papers across the United States.  One of those papers was being read in the small hamlet of Yorktown, Texas.  Yorktown sits just southeast of San Antonio and was the hometown of Belle Block.  Belle had, as did most mothers in that era, sons engaged in the ongoing struggle of WWII.  One son, Ed, was home on leave from the Air Force. Another son, Harlon, was somewhere in the Pacific, fighting in the Marine Corps.

 

When Belle saw the picture, she pointed to the image of one of the Marines, his back to the camera, and told Ed, “That’s your brother Harlon.”  Ed argued with his mother, telling her they had no idea where Harlon was located, and there was no way she could tell whether or not the grainy image was her son.  Belle, being a mother, stuck to her guns, and said defiantly, “I know my boy!”

 

Later, the figure was identified as a Marine named Henry Henson.  Belle remained transfixed, confident she knew her boy.  Sadly, she was informed a brief time later her boy Harlon had been killed on Iwo Jima; one of almost seven thousand Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. 

 

A couple of years later, something else arose concerning Harlon Block.  It seems the Marine with his back to the camera at the immortalized flag raising on Iwo Jima had been mis-identified.  He was not, as once suspected, Henry Hansen.  Instead, the man with his back to the camera was a Marine from a small town in south Texas called Yorktown.  You see, Belle Block did know her boy.  Harlon Block was the man grasping the pole as it was stuck in the ground!

 

On the run for his life, David finds himself being told by those around him that God has nothing to offer (Psalm 3:1-2).  Like Belle Block, everyone around him was telling him there was no sense arguing about it, he was on his own.  David was as adamant as Belle Block.  His answer to his critics was firm, “Things look bad, BUT I KNOW MY GOD!”  When the accuser needled David with a rehearsal of his failures, David had to admit his shortcomings, but answered with, “…BUT I KNOW MY GOD!”  I assure you today, regardless of the subtle, or not so subtle, accusations of the enemy against you, propping up for your benefit all your mistakes, failures, shortcomings…all that stuff the enemy loves to bring to your attention…your success or failure will hinge on one answer… “You are right, I have made my share of blunders, BUT I KNOW MY GOD!”  The God you confess, the God you know, will enable you to not only overcome the attacks of your enemy, that God will bestow upon you such grace, you will one day be viewed as “a person after God’s own heart!”

 

Here is the God I know….

 

He is a PROTECTING God.  David confessed a God who was “my shield” (Psalm 3:3).  He protects me on all sides.  When my enemy rushes at me, He stands there as a shield to absorb the attack and provide for my defense.

 

He is a PROVIDING God.  “My glory” (Psalm 3:3) indicates the idea of weightiness, substance, and wealth.  At this moment in his life, all David’s “stuff” had been taken by the rebellion of Absalom. Still, stripped of virtually every material blessing, David realized his stuff was gone, but His providing Savior was still with him.  As long as Jehovah was by his side, he was going to be okay.

 

He is a PRESENT God.  David was placing as much distance as possible between himself and the hill of God in Jerusalem.  But distance was nothing.  He could cry while in the wilderness and on the run, and this God was so close even a whisper would echo loudly in His chamber (Psalm 3:4).  David could not, at that moment, be in close proximity to the tent which housed the ark, but his prayer became a means of transport unaffected by distance, rugged terrain, or murderous enemies intent on his destruction.  God was only a cry away!

 

Do not be cast down because you face an enemy today.  Do not let the clatter of the talking heads of our culture cause you to lose heart.  When things seem insurmountable, answer the detractors by telling them, “…BUT I KNOW MY GOD!”

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