No one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. –1 Corinthians 12:3
The word familiar comes from the Latin word familia. You are probably familiar with the word familiar. Something is familiar if it is recognizable or well-known.
The Latin word familia means something a little different; it means “household” or “family member”. Based on the origin of the word, you could say that encountering something familiar is like reuniting with a brother.
The threat of the Egyptian sword was all too familiar to Moses. In early infancy, Moses was threatened by Pharaoh’s edict that all the baby Hebrew boy s be murdered. When Moses grew up, he himself became a murderer. That’s the point at chichi he had a painful reunion with Egypt’s sword:
When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of median. –Exodus 2:15.
The Egyptian sword displaced Moses, sending him wandering through the deepest of Midian. Yet, in a strange way, God was using even the experience to prepare Moses for his future. Soon, Moses would lead God’s people thought this very same desert to the Promised Land. As Israel journeyed, Moses — their leader — would already be familiar with the burning sand. He would already be familiar with times of thunder and thrust. He would already be familiar with every kind of hardship Israel would encounter.
Are you familiar with adversity? with ever-shrinking balances in your bank accounts? with late nights and early mornings? with one “fire” after the next at work? with worries over strong-willed teens or aging parents?
Then consider this: God may be preparing you for service to his people, now and in the future. Your Lord may be planning to use your present struggles in such a way that when the time comes, you will already be familiar with the challenges. You will be able to act decisively to help, to advice, to intervene.
Jesus is Lord over your struggles. Jesus is Lord over your bank statements. Jesus is Lord over everything that happens at work. Jesus is Lord over your worries.
You may not see it right now, but God is with you in your struggles. He walks right beside you. Your present and your future are in your hands
From the book “Man of God Walking by Faith”