As I sat there savoring the last glimmers of sunlight, I asked myself: What have I been stopping to savor in place of moments like these? Some of you've got stupid bosses. The righteous relate rightly to God because the righteous recognize God as God. Where's our trusting God in difficult times? He wants to be your refuge and strength. I'm looking around the room, and I see smiles. God has a purpose in every test he puts us through. Committing our way to the Lord includes going to God in prayer, taking our problems to the foot of the cross… and leaving our problems there, with God.
I like that when He's directing my path. I knew that prayers were all that would help and I needed to know that others were joining me in lifting these petitions up to God in heaven. If knowing God is not our highest joy and delight, then we do not know God very well. I have to let go and let God do it. There had been thunderstorms that morning but they had dumped their rain and moved on and the heat of the day had dissipated so we felt it was a great time for a run.
But you have to do your part. Can we have fun in church? And yet, the sun does it every day. He is strong and He is loving. There I cried from the pit of my being out to God to heal my grandbaby out of His mercy and love. God already wrote them down for us, and we can turn back to Psalm 37 any time we need to. We haven't kept Him first.
My calls were made through tears and a quivering voice of desperation. These were experienced fishermen who were well-acquainted with the volatile weather conditions on the Sea of Galilee. He was doing it right, wasn't he? Every eye at the swimming pool was on me and I had a decision to make. The man in his kindness didn't understand that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get though the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body into the wings so that the moth would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. When we suffer, we naturally want God to immediately take away our pain.
The principle of sowing and reaping applies to all categories of life. But, Jesus says, a time will come when they can follow him later 13:36. But, the Scripture doesn't tell me to be in control; it tells me to let God be in control. When we truly worship, our theology begins to govern our circumstances rather than the other way around. It separated us from our Creator and our true nature. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. A wonderful illustration of this unseen presence is described in Luke 24:13-35 esp.
He didn't want to kill these guys. We work harder and harder to try to manage the crisis in our own efforts, and many times it seems to work. A guy at work said he knows exactly what's wrong with my car, because he used to have the same kind of car and it had the same problem. How did He do this? Focus on His attributes and that He is a great, powerful God, even when we are very small and weak. It might have been fifteen minutes, and I was soaking wet with perspiration, and I was exhausted, and the mower wasn't any closer to starting that the first time I pulled the rope. They prayed consistently for God to grant them the privilege of bringing a child into the world, but the heavens were silent and the womb remained barren. Sometimes, we wish that God would remove our struggles and take away all the obstacles; but just as the man crippled the emperor moth, so we would be crippled if God did that for us.
Go trust in the Lord yourself. Life Isn't Always Fair, but God Is Always Just! When we suffer, there is a possibility that God is allowing us to go through it for His purpose and for our own good. You will fight for me and win the battles in my life. It affected our physical bodies, bringing sickness and death into the world. I will not be terrified or discouraged, for the Lord my God will be with me wherever I go.
If you have been suffering as of late, I hope that this message has uplifted your spirit. You think Job might have though that? He is the Great Physician and I begged Him to heal my dear grandbaby. It reminds us of His love, tells us about His purposes for trials, encourages us to endure, and strengthens us in the process. And, as they crested the hill and looked down on the enemy camp, all they saw were dead bodies. I do not need to figure everything out.
Famine is not really a problem because God can supply our needs according to His riches in glory. In her excitement she leaned over too far and fell to her death. But as you come to know God, you will see that His ways are higher than our ways and that He has the perspective of eternity that we do not. What's your favorite underdog movie? I know I'm not the only husband who gets help from his wife on when to touch the brake. Sermon notes by Pete Shepherd Send email to with questions or comments about this web site.