GODS GOT THIS 7-22-18
God’s Got This!
July 22, 2018
It took me three attempts to write today’s sermon. The first two topics I began with hit roadblocks, which I believe were set up by our Lord. Therefore I am convinced that there is someone who hears this or perhaps reads it after I publish it on our website, that desperately needs the message it contains.
Is there something in your life that consumes your every waking thought and possibly even infiltrates your dreams, keeping you from getting restful sleep? Something that causes you a great deal of stress? Something that you can’t seem to stop worrying about, and it is stealing your joy, and maybe even chipping away at your faith? You pray about it all the time, but you feel as if your prayers are bouncing back off the ceiling and never reaching God’s ears?
Usually these worries and fears start out small, like a tiny tree sapling. Your doctor suggests that he do another test. Or perhaps your company is doing job cuts. Maybe you had another argument with your spouse or noticed unusual behavior in your child. But pretty soon the tiny sapling grows, and its roots burrow deeper. You start to consider all of the possible negative outcomes, instead of trusting God for positive ones. The list of ‘what ifs’ in your mind gets longer and longer. Worry, fear and doubt rob the joy from things that used to make you smile. That sapling has grown into a huge tree that blocks the ‘son’light completely and your life starts to sink into the black hole of depression.
Time to change your vantage point! First of all, the Bible tells us to give all of our worries to God, because He cares about us! (1 Peter 5:7). Not just some of them, but ALL of them. The big ones and the little ones, and the in between ones, too. ALL of them. When your car doesn’t run right, do you keep driving it until it finally breaks down completely? (I’ve known people that do…) And then when you are stranding by the side of the road, do you try to fix it yourself? No, you call Andy to tow it in, and ask Ed to fix it! (As you know, my husband Ed works for Andy’s Auto Service). Of course, he will tell you that you should have brought it in when it first started making that clunking noise and you would have saved yourself a lot of grief, and lot of money. But either way, a professional mechanic will get your car running smoothly again. Likewise, give your worries to God before your spiritual engine completely locks up and your life comes to a screeching halt. But even if you are already completely broken down, give it to God. Like I said, it is time to change your vantage point. You have let that tree of worry and fear grow out of control and overshadow your view of God. So chop down that tree! Instead of focusing on whatever it is that is troubling you, focus on almighty God. He said to the prophet Jeremiah, "I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27). He is bigger than any problem, any situation, any fear, grief, or doubt. I asked the children, “How big is God”? How big do you think a God is that created and sustains the entire universe? And how big is His love for us that He took on human form to redeem us! You’ve heard of the show called “Undercover Boss”? The CEO of the universe visited our lowly planet and lived among us. And not only lived among us, sharing our struggles, but died willingly at our hand to deliver us from the bondage of sin and death. To rescue us from the worries and fears that so often creep back into our lives. Of course, the grip of death could not hold God - it could not conquer Him. Jesus rose from the grave and offers eternal life to all who put their faith in Him.
When you contemplate the magnitude of both God’s power and love, you can’t help but see just how small your worries are, how silly your fears, and how foolish your doubts. And not only is God’s power and love infinite, beyond human comprehension, so is His knowledge and wisdom. He knows everything about everything. He knows every little detail of you and your life from beginning to end and throughout eternity. For God created all of it – space, time, matter, and life… It all came from Him and it all belongs to Him and it all is subject to His will. Not that we don’t have free will. It is His will to give us choices. We can choose to love Him and put our faith and trust in Him. Or we can choose to reject Him and doubt Him. But either way, God is still God. If we don’t believe in His existence, He still exists. If we don’t trust His Word, it is still the truth, His promises will still never fail, and His prophecies will all still be fulfilled. If we spend our time regretting the past, worrying about the present, and fearing the future, God has still paid the price for the sins of our past, He still has the present in His control, and He still already knows the future. And He has promised that He “causes everything to work together for the good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28). Some things? No, everything! Even what we consider the ‘bad stuff’. But don’t forget the last part of that promise “those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them”. Do you love God? I mean really love Him? Love Him enough to gladly fulfill His purpose for your life? Who better to guide you through this life than the one that created you, that knew you before you were even born, who knows your every thought and your words before you speak them? (as we heard in our third Scripture reading Psalm 139:1-14). He knows the deepest desires of your heart and promises to give you those desires if you delight yourself in Him, commit your way to Him and trust Him (Psalm 37:4-5). No, that doesn’t mean if you ask God to drop a million dollars out of the sky so that it lands at your front door that He will do it. And it doesn’t mean He will make your life completely free of pain and suffering either. But if you trust Him and commit your life to Him, He will enable you to be content with what you have, and He will give you joy and peace even during the trials that you are going through. The apostle Paul, who obviously trusted God, and committed His life to furthering the Gospel of Christ said in Philippians 4:12, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want”. True joy doesn’t come from having material blessings. True peace doesn’t come from an easy and carefree life. Contentment is possible in every situation. So if you long to have true joy, peace, and contentment, instead of letting your worries and troubles overwhelm you, be overwhelmed with God and His love for you and trust Him with your life. And then every morning remind yourself, that GOD’S GOT THIS! Amen.
Video: “Overwhelmed” (Big Daddy Weave) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFlIREX-nB4