Tuesday, April 27, 2010

God's direction

Scripture declares clearly that God directs our paths. Proverbs 16:33 declares that "The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD". Proverbs 21:1 tells us that "the king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases", and Proverbs 20:24a says that "A man's steps are directed by the LORD". But while we see it in scripture, its far more awesome to see how God changes your plans, and give you something better.

I have been preaching through the churches covenant for almost three months now. The process began before the ordination council, with Chris Cos preaching on biblical covenants. This Sunday I was going to preach a four passage topical sermon, as I deal with the clause,‘We will seek out God’s truth as seen in scripture, and as experienced in life’. As i was thinking this morning, a statement by Haddon Robinson, my preaching prof at GCTS, was ringing in my mind. He said, on more than one occasion, that "you should preach one topical sermon a year, and then repent". I had no peace, and so I began to poke around more for a passage that I may have overlooked. Sure enough, God gave me one that speaks to this clause much more clearly. Psalm 19. It has a clean 3 part structure, God's revelation of himself through nature, God's revelation of Himself through His word, and the response to this revelation.

Which brings me back to where I started, and this thought. While we may make plans, we need to be open to God's direction as he points us to where he wants us to go, and submit to His leading as we seek to glorify him with our lives.




Wednesday, April 21, 2010

God's goodness

I am continually awed by God's goodness. We have a situation in our life. About a week and a half ago, we learned that our Tax bill is significantly higher than we can afford. Every Quarter, we owe 2060 to the US government, and don't have the income to support it. We had been saving 1450 a quarter, which means we're about 650 short per quarter. Either we eat, or the Taxman gets paid. Ugh....

To compound things, we also learned that we owed 900 from last year. To say fear set in is an understatement. How would we pay this bill? The church doesn't have this money available.

After being given some money, and cobbling together all that we had set aside, we were short. 616 dollars short.

The question remained. How would we pay this bill?

Last Wednesday, I shared all this to a pastor friend, and He and I spent allot of time praying over the issue, and through it, God made clear, He would provide. All to often, we forget, He is the one that always provides. Even through we may have Jobs, ultimately, He is the one that provides. In situations like ours, when we have no ability to provide, He provides. He cares; and He is at work for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purposes. He provides, when we are weak. He is a good God who cares for His children.

This morning, someone just told me they are sending a check that will cover the balance.

The Lord is good, and his love endures forever, his faithfulness reaches to the skies.