Based on Biblical Text Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
It seems, at least sometimes, that Satan is getting the best of us. There are times when it is difficult to hold on. It is difficult sometimes to maintain our faith and trust in God particularly when it seems like everything is going against us. Our faith waivers when we find ourselves in the middle of one of the greatest battles of our life. However, in times like that we need the Lord more than ever. These are the times that our faith and trust in God is really put to the test.
It is easy to live for God when we are doing well. It is much easier to trust in God when things are positive. Conversely, it becomes increasingly difficult to have the same level of trust when the weight of the whole world is upon our shoulders. Many of us bail out on God as soon as the storms get rough.
God wants that when our life is in the middle of turmoil, those times when the waves of temptation are about to overwhelm us, that we would look up and put our trust in Him. Those are the times God is putting our faith to the test to see if we will pass or fail. Those are the very moments that strengthen our faith and build our trust. That is when our relationship with God will really show its true depth.
We must not forget that God has promised us that we would never be tempted above what we are able to bear, but with every temptation, every trial, every test, every trouble, He will make a way for us to escape and win the victory, “but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
We must also remember that God never promised that we wouldn’t have hard times. There is no divine promise for the believer that we will glide through life without troubles. However the good news is that God did promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us. God asks us to hold on to His promise to supply our every need. “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (Psalms 55:22)
We think that the trial we are facing is very personal and it seems that no one else can relate or understand but us. The truth is that many people have faced and are now facing the same situations that we find ourselves in. God is not surprised about our circumstances. God knew what was coming our way and He already has an answer for it. Victory is ours if we do it God’s way. God is God and He is all-powerful. There is no limit to His ability to meet our need. There is no limit to His deliverance and provision for whatever we need. Our God never gets tired, never grows weary, and is always listening for our prayers, prepared to rush to our aid.
What will we do with the trials that face us? Will we turn to our own devices and make decisions that will cause us to have less time for God, for the church, or even for our families? Will we forget the Word of God and get ourselves worked up and depressed because we don’t have faith that God can work it out for us? The Bible reminds us, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). What will we do now that things are not perfect anymore?
It is time we stopped our pity party, quit looking like it is the end of the world, and lift up our eyes to Hills of Glory where our help comes from. Our help comes from God. God is far above our petty troubles no matter how bad they might seem to us. God will not allow us to fail if we will keep our trust and faith in Him.
So, now the test is on. It is not a question of survival but whether we will pass or fail? If we pass, our faith and trust will grow stronger. The choice to fail or pass is ours alone. God will not force our decision one way or another because He wants us to learn and to grow in Him. God will deal with our decision as a loving Father. God knows how to give us the power to overcome. He will take our weaknesses, our failures, our doubts and fears, and He will turn them into miracles of deliverance. After the trials, tests and troubles, we will begin to get a glimpse of what living by faith really means.
Faith says that everything will work out when it seems that everything is crumbling around us. Faith reminds us that when we can’t see how God can. Faith says that God will take care of us and that we must trust Him to the point that we are not overly concerned with the future. Faith says that we know, that we know, that we know, that somehow, God will work it all out and that when He does, we will be so greatly blessed for having faced all that is happening right now. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
As we approach the Sabbath
Sunday, October 6, 2013, is the Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost.
Join our Worship Experience at 10:00 am.
Church School begins at 8:45 am.
Scripture Lesson for this Sunday
There is a Word from the Lord!
Sermon Texts 1 Corinthians 11:23-32; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
Sermon Title The Message is on the Table