Take Comfort in God’s Power

The world we live in is a treacherous one. Tragedy will strike.  A loved one will get diagnosed with cancer, a friend dies unexpectedly in a car accident, or we find our selves laid off without any way to pay the bills.  So often events like these cause us wonder if God was sleeping when all these terrible events were happening.  How could God have let this happen? Is he really all powerful and all knowing?  These questions can rise up all too often in our minds.  As always, we can find answers in God’s word. In Isaiah 14, God begins to announce his oracles against the foreign nations who were enemies of Israel.  The next few chapters following chapter 14 of Isaiah are harsh judgements against these pagan nations for their treacherous idolatry and sin. However, in Isaiah 14:26-27 Isaiah makes a powerful statement about the sovereignty and power of God, even over the great nations of the earth.  Here is what he says:

 This is the purpose that is purposed concerning the whole earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations.  For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?

So often we forget that the God of the Bible is all powerful and all controlling over the history of the world. You see, God isn't caught off guard by anything that happens in your life. He isn't distracted or taking a cat nap when calamity strikes. Our God is a sovereign king and moving all things into motion according to his plan and purpose. Our God has the power to crush nations by the sheer force of his will. He knows all and controls all that happens in this world. God is not surprised by your circumstances, but rather he purposes them for your good and His glory (Rom 8:28).

Therefore, as we live our lives, let us rest in the complete sovereignty of God. When we are dealt a hand of suffering, let us rejoice because we know that "the testing of your faith produces steadfastness" (James 1:3). When we are out sharing the Gospel to friend we know that we are responsible to share it, but God is the one who saves a man's soul. When we are concerned about the state of national affairs, let us rest in the comfort of God's sovereignty to which nations are but mere drops in a bucket (Is 40:15).

Although suffering is not easy to endure, and the divine purpose of events are sometimes concealed from us, and take rest and comfort in the goodness and power of God's almighty will.

Comfort, Comfort My People

July has been an exceptionally busy month for me.  Over the past few weeks I've spent over 36 hours on the road driving and I have finished Greek 3 at SEBTS by reading four different books, memorizing 800+ vocabulary words, translating the book of Philippians, and writing a 15 page paper.  I've preached ten different sermons and planned ten different worship services.  At Forest Hills we have had Vacation Bible School and Youth Week one after the other. Needless to say, I have been wonderfully tired and exhausted.   Although I have found great joy in my labor, it has been nice to rest the past few days.  Since last Friday I have been able to spend some much needed time resting in the Lord and enjoying time with my wife Kaitlyn. Each of us have busy seasons in our lives in which it takes every ounce of energy and strength we have to persevere till the end.  During times of intense activity it is easy to begin to depend on our own strength and take comfort in our own ability rather than the strength of God.  This weekend as I was resting in the Lord, I read Isaiah 40 which is a wonderful passage of comfort and puts life into perspective.  Despite our busyness and thinking we can do everything on our own, Isaiah 40 serves as a gracious reminder of how great our God is compared to our feebleness.  Here are a few excerpts from Isaiah 40, I hope they provide you with comfort and rest:

The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass.  The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:7-8, ESV)

Who has measure the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? (Isaiah 40:12, ESV)

Behold the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales (Isaiah 40:15, ESV)

   “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. ” (Isaiah 40:28–31, ESV)