What is impossible in your life…right now? Before reading on, answer that question.
Just recently I had the opportunity to go back to the Christian high school that I taught at for the last two years to speak for their mid-week chapel service. With as much work as I have been doing preparing Creation presentations during the last three months, I was actually very challenged and conflicted about what to share with them for that afternoon. One of the problems was that my students knew me pretty well and knew what “my thing” is. So I didn’t just want to share something that my students have heard me share a thousand times.
As the chapel service approached, I became increasingly nervous and unsure of what to speak on. I continued praying that God would give me the right words to speak.
Aimee and I were staying with some close friends while we were visiting this area again and it was such a blessing to see them again. We had a blessed time being encouraged and encouraging them in our new seasons of life.
One day before the chapel service, while visiting with our friend Patty, she sincerely asked questions about what we are doing and more importantly why we are doing our creation ministry. I shared my usual viewpoint that there are so many confused and deceived people dealing with the issue of evolution and in the truth of the Bible.
I will admit that sometimes I have a hard time communicating or showing passion, but Patty is not like that. She caught on right away. She began exclaiming with passion her own experience that we serve a BIG GOD and that a lot of people don’t truly believe that and that they don’t truly believe God at His word. She commended us for our work and sent us out with an added fire within us that our message is true. Do you really believe the Bible? Do you really believe God? How Big is Your God?
It was the morning before the chapel service. I woke up, but just lay in bed, because my mind was still reeling with thoughts from our conversation the day before. I was still connecting the dots and praying that God would clearly show me what I was to share and to give me a peace about it. The more I laid there, the more the thoughts swirled and twisted until eventually I had to write it down before they swirled away never to be connected again.
I started writing. My mind jumped to verses from the Bible. I wrote those. I connected more thoughts. God was working. I was excited and at peace feeling confident about what was pertinent to share at chapel. God answered my prayer!
This is the message I shared with them that day:
“What is impossible in your life right now?” First off, take a minute to think on that and/or pray about that before reading on.
I figure that the answer to that question comes readily to your mind. Be prepared to think and to apply this to your life. STOP: Don’t read on if you haven’t answered that first question!
Now that you have answered that question ;-) we can go on to read from God’s word. Read Psalm 37:1-11 and also the following verses in that chapter (17, 23-25, 34, 37, 39). Or read the whole chapter if you are able. Psalm 37:3-7a says:
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6 He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;
Three things stick out to me and I challenge you to take these to heart:
1) Give up control
2) Wait on the LORD
3) The LORD will provide.
These three principles are challenging because they are often backwards to what we would naturally want to do. We want it our way. We want it now. We can do it ourselves.
I believe that these three principles are rooted deeply in our overall faith in God. Do we trust God enough to give up what we want…to wait on what we want, and do we have the faith to think that God will actually give it to us? Do we really believe the promises in these verses that God will do what He says?
In life, it just seems like some people in particular have to learn the hard way. Don’t learn the hard way. That’s foolish. I am human, I make mistakes. You are human, you make mistakes. So who is God???
God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-benevolent (meaning perfect)! Comparing ourselves to God is a humbling thing, but because we are prideful people we think we can do our will, our way! Lay down your pride! We have free-will, yes, but God is God! He holds our fate in His hands and He warns us what happens when we follow our own schemes (which, because we are sinful, are wicked). Who are we to think that we can do it by ourselves? “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God” (2 Cor 3:5) Other versions use competent or qualified or adequate in exchange for sufficient.
Don’t learn the hard way…“5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.” “He will do it” doesn’t mean that God will give us what we wanted…but when we commit our way to the LORD, we are conforming our will to God’s will. We give Him control…not that our will would be done…but God’s will would be done…which is now also our will.
Our viewpoint and desires change when we take a heavenly perspective as compared to an earthly perspective. This is Jesus’ prayer in the garden of Gethsemane in Luke 22:42 – “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” This is the same as being transformed to present our bodies as a living sacrifice through the renewing of our mind. (Rom 12:1-2) Jesus even taught us to pray that God’s will to be done (Matt 6:10). Our desires and will become God’s desire and will for us.
Matthew 7 teaches us that we are to ask God, because He is a good God, a good Father who wants to give us good gifts. Doesn’t God have a better understanding of what is “good” than we do? So God asks us to pray and God always answers our prayers. There are just three answers that God uses so that all things work together for good to those that love Him, those who are called according to His purpose. (Rom. 8:28) Those three answers to prayer are: Yes, No, or Wait. And unfortunately for us, we have to be prepared and submitting (“commit your way to the LORD”) to any of those three options. This is our trust and faith in God!
When my wife and I moved from Indiana to Colorado, we had no place to live other than temporarily in our friends’ basement. We were fully expecting a long, inconvenient span of time before we were able to find a place to live and so we figured that we had to move our big box-truck full of possessions into a storage unit. Half-way to Colorado, our friend called us and said that he had a duplex (that we didn’t know he owned) that just came open a few days before. We checked it out when we got into town and it was perfect. We moved our big box-truck full of possessions right in to our new place! Now we praise God whenever we pass a storage unit place! This was unexpected and impossible to us, but God is a Big God! The LORD will provide!
Another concern for us is that we are stepping out in faith that God is calling us to the creation ministry and when we were just starting out, we didn’t know how to raise support (and we still don’t know how to raise support). We weren’t sure how God would provide, but we were thinking, hoping, and trusting that He would. We were a little depressed and daunted at the idea of raising support. After Aimee and I shared a few minutes at Aimee’s church, we were hanging around talking to people after church and as I was talking to someone else, an older gentleman tucked a bill in my shirt pocket. I didn’t have a chance to even thank him. It wasn’t till later that I remembered to check my pocket…it was a 100 dollar bill! Praise God! “Trust in the LORD and do good,” He will bless and provide even if it doesn’t seem like it. From a heavenly perspective, there is blessing even concerning death to those who love Him (Rom 8:28). How Big is Your God?
That is the question: How Big is Your God? Is He big enough to believe Him at His word and trust that He created in six literal days? Or did He just create everything in a big bang and let it naturally happen and evolve as it may? How much control does God have on creation? Why do we not believe Him? Who do we believe more?
Do you have faith in God? If you are single, how are you going to find your spouse? Is it dating as many “potentials” as possible? If there is “the one” out there for you…will you find them or will God bring them to you? Do you believe that there could be a plane crash right outside and a guy or girl could crawl out of the wreckage, you both fall in love, and that could be the way you meet “the one” God has for you to marry? Could God do that for you or is that impossible? Do you really believe that God could move a mountain right outside your door? (Matt 17:20)
What is impossible in your life right now? God can do the impossible. (Matt 19:26) Is it still impossible in your life now? How Big is Your God?
Matt 6:25-34, 7:7-17 speak of not worrying or being anxious about your life, because God cares for you and He will provide! He is a good father and wants to give good gifts. This is that idea to “Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7a) Over and over in the Bible we are commanded to “wait on the LORD.” Isaiah 40:31 explains how God will help and strengthen us when we “wait on the LORD” and that those who wait “shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” We are not good enough to do it ourselves, and we would just ruin God’s perfect plan and timing with our own short-sighted plan.
So try to really grasp these principles: 1) Give up control, 2) Wait on the LORD, 3) The LORD will provide. Do you really believe the Bible? Do you really believe God? How Big is Your God?
Condensed Outline of this Talk:
What is impossible in your life right now?
Read Psalm 37:1-11, 17, 23-25, 34, 37, 39
Sufficiency – 2 Cor 3:5
- Give up control
- Wait on the LORD
- The LORD will provide
Don’t learn the hard way.
Make my will become God’s will (Luke 22:42, Rom 12:1-2)
God always answers our prayers: Yes, No, or Wait.
I shared how God provided our house to move in to and some financial blessings that God provided for us.
Wait on the LORD and He will provide (Is 40:31 and Rom 8:28)
Our desires and will become God’s desire and will for us. (Matt 6:10, Luke 22:42, Rom 12:1-2)
How Big is Your God?
Did God create everything or just use evolution?
-Why do we not believe Him? Who do we believe more?
Read Matt 6:25-34, 7:7-17
If you are single, do you believe that there could be a plane crash right outside and a guy or girl could crawl out of the wreckage and that could be the one God has for you to marry?
What is impossible in your life right now?
God could move a mountain right outside your door. (Matt 17:20)
God can do the impossible. (Matt 19:26)
Do you really believe the Bible?
Do you really believe God?
How Big is Your God?