Hey, good morning, as always, and I just want to say that I’m super proud of our team, our media team, our production team, our post-production team. They make these strange, socially distant times very special. And it may not look like it, but we’re actually in the middle of our auditorium and somehow, through… See more
Hey, good morning, as always, and I just want to say that I’m super proud of our team, our media team, our production team, our post-production team. They make these strange, socially distant times very special. And it may not look like it, but we’re actually in the middle of our auditorium and somehow, through the magic of interior design and hard work, it kind of looks like we’re in Las Olas or whatever and like a Boho set.
Anyway, the reason the team wanted to put it together. This look, this fresh look is because today we’re beginning a brand new series. It’s gonna be a three week series that we’re calling. He’s got he’s still got the whole world in his hands. And this whole series specifically is targeted on one topic. It’s the topic of God’s sovereignty. I’m going to give you a definition and then we’re going to come back and, and kind of work our way through it.
But basically, the definition that we’ll be working with throughout the series of God’s sovereignty is simply this. It’s that God upholds and governs all things. It’s the belief that God upholds and governs all things that is from galaxies to subatomic particles, from the forces of nature, nature to the movement of nations, to the political persons in politics, to the secret acts of solidary people. All is governed according to God’s eternal purposes.
And I want to tell you a little bit about why we chose this subject to have during this time of the year and this time of this global pandemic that we’re in. See over the last four months, the staff, the elders and through conversations with many of you, we’ve been trying to figure out what would God have us say, what would God have us say? While in the middle of what is shaping up to be one of the most contentious political seasons in known history, where quite literally relationships are being severed.
We’re even by even the inclination that that your spouse or your loved one or your family member or your husband or your child may support a political figure different than you support. And the season where cable news has its highest ratings in all of human history because men and women are constantly feeding at the trough to reaffirm whatever their belief system says. Where people have honestly stopped listening to each other and can no longer hear the truth if it does not fit into the framework of their own political affections.
The question is, what would God have us say to the people who are tempted and I mean that seriously. Who are tempted to place our hopes, for our lives and our communities and our family. On which mortal man wins an election on November the 2nd? What would God have us say? And I guess what would God say, like if there was a prophet of old Amalekites, Jeremiah and Isaiah or an apostle or even Jesus himself, what warning would he give to the people of this nation?
What a divine word. Would they speak to this purchased community of faith? What would God say in the midst of this season? And so for the past four months, I’ve been praying, I’ve been seeking counsel. I’ve been asking advice and trying to decipher this very question. And by the way, it’s in times like this that I just totally appreciate those of you who say you pray for me, I need it. I need the prayers that you pray for me, because writing a lesson like this in the middle of a global pandemic while in a heated political season is not the easiest thing in the world.
And so I’m grateful for many of you. I’m also grateful for the spirit of God and for the soul searching that’s been done over the last four months to figure out what we should say. And see, I’ve become convinced that I don’t have to really wonder what God might say, because God, in fact, has already spoken. His word, we all believe is still alive and active. And so I dare not trust myself with my own eloquence to speak to you today.
I dare not bring my ideas to this. I dare not. Instead, we must listen to God speak. We must simply listen to his words lest we impart some sort of limitations or possibilities into what God might have said. So for the next three weeks, and more specifically for the next 30 minutes or so, we’re going to look at a lot of passages of scripture. I mean, a lot. We’re going to begin in Isaiah, Chapter forty-six.
If you have a Bible, you can go out and turn there with me. And I’m grateful to have this little crew back here with me to just encourage me, because it’s weird to preach all by yourself. If you have a Bible again, turn to as Isaiah, Chapter forty-six.
We’ll get there in a second and then for the rest of our time, we’ll just kind of throw the scriptures up on the screen. You won’t have time to turn there. I’ll just I’ll just share them. But first, let me just share a quick observation with you. Did you know? You know this, but that it’s human nature to want to know what is unknowable? Isn’t that part of human nature? Wouldn’t you agree that it’s human nature to want to know what is unknowable?
And really, this plays out primarily in our desire to know the future, to know how things will turn out. How things will end up, how our retirement is going to go, or if our loved ones going to get better. We want to know how things are going to end up. If you’re a sports fan and you’ve been watching the Miami Heat play, you want to know, are they going to come back from this three one deficit?
Please, Lord, we’ll make it happen. You want to know how the election’s going to turn out? Wouldn’t it be awesome just to have a moment where you could know where you could jump into the future and you could find out which person would do a better job leading the country and then with that information, come all the way back and and then cast your poll or cast your vote on November the 2nd.
It would be so great to know. Wouldn’t it be so great to just know how your future turns out so that maybe you can make some adjustments on the way in which you live. You could eat a little bit healthier. You can spend more time with your family. You could know what job you’ll end up with or what man or boy or man or girl you’ll end up with or or what your family will look like or because again, rightly so, we believe that if we knew the future. We could put all the pieces of the puzzle together and we could see our life for what it really is.
We could gain some perspective on some of the hurts and the confusing times and the broken hearts and the painful memories. How much peace do you think you would have if you could just know the answers to the questions you ask while laying in bed at night? If you could know what is unknowable? In fact, so much of human nature is to know what is unknowable, that much of our lives is focused on stacking the deck so that we can ensure a favorable outcome in our lives.
And we may not have any guarantee, but we can set up retirement accounts. We can plan for the future, we can get health insurance and do research and read books. We can go on dates, all to be proactive as a proactive measure to ensure our future, to make what is unknowable, maybe a little bit more known. We all live this way with this constant need to know. This constant desire to know, I just want to know, would you please tell me if you’re a Christian?
That’s often our prayers. God, I just want to understand how it all works out. I want to know. I want to know because we believe that knowing equals peace.
The knowing equals peace, I need to know how my children will turn out. I need to know how my loved one, if they will get better from the sickness, I need to know I need to know what happens two years from now, four years from now, 10 years from now. I need to know. And so it’s no coincidence that when you open up the scriptures, we often find people in that very same position trying to know what is unknowable, trying to gain peace by knowing more.
And interestingly enough, this desire for knowing was the first motivation for sin. You might remember this story in the Book of Genesis. What did Adam and Eve want? They wanted to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They wanted to know. And that desire to know actually brought them to the worst position in human history. What started, I guess, the worst sickness in human history. But anyway, it’s interesting to me that that when you when you see God speak to people who are in need of knowing who are who are in a desire for knowing, he often doesn’t give them any answers to their questions.
But instead, he gives them an exhortation, a reminder to his people, and he points back to his own sovereignty. And specifically, this is what he points back to. And this is the bottom line of the sermon. We’re going to walk through a bunch of things and we’re going to come back to this idea. I’m just going to leave it for you and then we’ll touch on it at the very end. But basically, he explains to the people that you don’t need to know, if you know the one who knows.
You don’t need to know if you know the one who knows. Let’s look at Isaiah, Chapter forty-six. We’re going to begin verse nine. This is what it says. I am God. And there is no other, God is speaking through the prophet Isaiah. He says, I am God. There is no other I am God, and there is none like me. God is speaking to a people who, like us, are trying to navigate the complexities of life and he’s getting their attention by declaring I am God. There is no other.
There’s nobody like me. I’m one of a kind. I’m in a class of my own. And he tells them what it means then to be God. Verse 10. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come, he says. I declare how things are going to turn out before they even begin, your worries, your concerns, all your fears, all your anxieties about the future.
I know exactly how it all plays out. I know, everything in nature, every disaster, every triumph, every victory, every end of season, every beginning of a new one. The births and the deaths. I know it all. Then it continues in verse ten. He says how he knows it all. And this is just crazy you have to put us, you have to kind of like have something in your brain to begin to understand this. But this is so deep and so crazy.
This is what he says. I say my purpose will stand and I will do all that I please. Basically, he’s saying he knows. Because he’s the one who planned it. Do you see? The reason God knows the future is because he plans the future and then he accomplishes the future, that’s what it means to be God. The future is the plan of God being established by God. I mean to say that, again, the future is the plan of God being established by God.
The future is the purpose of God being accomplished by God. That’s what it says in the text. And now he confirms that even with more clarity at the end of verse 11, he says this “What I have said that I will bring about. What I say happens, what I have planned that I will do.” Notice he’s not saying he’s just a fortune teller. He’s not a soothsayer. He doesn’t have a crystal ball. So so so not only does God know the future, but what the Bible is saying is that he determines it.
And look, this is just one verse there, like a thousand verses like this that teach this very same idea, the idea of God’s sovereignty. And I want to read some really challenging ones today. But before we do, I just want to say that when we come to the end of this message and when we come to the end of this series, some of you are going to feel overwhelmed. You’re going to feel a little bit confused, so much so that that the extent of God’s sovereignty is going to leave you with a choice at the end of this lesson, really specifically at the end of this lesson, you’re going to be left with the choice.
And I just want to get you ready for it so you’re not blindsided halfway through, but you’re going to face a choice. Having heard so much Bible with regard to the to Gods ruling and reigning, your choice will be will you silence the objections that arise in your own heart and choose instead to silence those and praise God for his wisdom and his power and his authority. Will you rejoice in the idea that God does indeed have the whole world in his hands?
It’s not just the song we sang as children, but it’s a fact.
Will you embrace that or will you decide to stiffen your neck? And think, you know, I won’t have it? I reject that god could know, that God could be the author of so much of what I believe in the world is wrong. So much that I don’t agree with.
That’s your choice. Well, you see, I pray that this will happen. But will you see God’s sovereignty as your only hope for life in a world of deadness? You see God’s sovereignty as your only hope for answers to prayers for the impossible. Will you see God’s sovereignty as your only hope for success in evangelism amongst the walking dead? We see God’s sovereignty as your only hope for meaning and what feels like a world of suffering. Will you see God’s sovereignty as your only hope for a way of understanding any perspective with the difficult, the unfair and what feels unjust in the moment?
Or will you or will you give way to a world of random chaos believing that things just happen because they happen? Or will you hold on to the idea that God does indeed control the whole world’s?
That’s the question you’re going to be facing. Let me give you a second qualifier. Some of you will hear what I’m about to say and you will conclude that this cannot be compatible with our own personal responsibility, that that if God is the author of life, then then who cares about your will? Then why would God blame us? But I want to give you the words of Paul as an answer to that question. The Apostle Paul says in Romans Chapter nine, verse 19, as he assumes that the Romans are bringing up the very same argument, he says, Some of you will say, then why does God still blame us for who is able to resist his will?
And look at what the apostle Paul says. And this is important for us to get into a mindset of humility.
Who are you? Who are you? A human being to talk back to God, shall what is formed say to the one who formed it? Why did you make me like this? In other words, if you believe that your will and God’s sovereignty don’t work together, you’re just wrong. I don’t know how you’re wrong, but you just are. If you believe that sovereignty cannot be compatible with moral responsibility, you’re just wrong. And so I’m pleading with you on the onset.
Don’t go there. We are attempting as a church family, we really are to be less systematic and much more biblical. And so if God says that sovereignty and our will work together than it does. We don’t have to understand it all, and here’s what I’m trying to tell you, you’re willing actually makes a difference. Don’t believe that it’s negligible or it’s meaningless. You’d be wrong. In fact, you’re willing matter is infinitely, eternity hangs on it and that’s the truth.
And therefore, let it not be said for the rest of this lesson that what I’m saying contradicts what I just said. So maybe instead of fighting to figure it out logically in your mind, maybe instead as we listen to the passages of scripture, let’s have the heart in the mind of Romans, chapter 11, verse thirty three, which at the end of this topic about sovereignty, the apostle Paul even declares, oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom of God.
And the knowledge of God, how unsearchable his judgments and his path beyond tracing out who has known the mind of the Lord and who has been his counselor, who has ever given to God that he should repay him for from him and through him and for him are all things to glory. Sorry, to him be the glory forever. Amen. Look, you don’t understand the mind of God because you’re not God and nor do I, and no logical argument is going to help you understand the mind of God because you’re not God and neither am I.
And so instead, let’s just listen to what God has to say about his own sovereignty and let’s fall in love with it and find it as a security for our lives. That took way too long. I promise this sermon is not going to be like an hour long. So let’s just dive into the scriptures, Proverbs Chapter 16 verse thirty three. We’re going to talk a little about God’s sovereignty over even the smallest of details. The lot is cast into the lap, but it’s every decision is from the Lord.
What does this mean? The lot being cast is kind of like the dice being rolled. What are he’s saying is that every roll of the dice is from God? All of them. Every single one. Meaning if you’re at home and you’re playing a board game with your family and your roll snake eyes that came from the Lord, if you reach your hand into a Scrabble bag and you pull out a certain number of letters, all those letters came from the Lord.
Each of them was determined by God. And if you think that’s trifling into the smallest of details, we’ll listen to this. This is Matthew’s Chapter ten, verse twenty nine. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny and not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your father. This is Jesus talking to Sparrows sold for a penny. In other words, they are utterly insignificant. They’re utterly insignificant, and not one of them falls to the ground apart from the father.
He goes on to say, even the hairs on your head are numbered, meaning the roll of the dice in a family game night to the tiniest bird, falling down in the vast armies and the vast forests of the world. All of them are governed and controlled by the king of Kings and Lord of Lords. That’s Jesus. And the Proverbs way of saying there aren’t any details too small for God to control. R. C. Sprol says it this way there’s not one maverick molecule in the universe.
From the worms in the ground to the stars in the galaxy, from bacteria to flies to murderous viruses, they all do the Lord’s bidding. Isaiah Chapter forty verse twenty six, lift up your eyes and look to the heavens who created all things who he who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name because of his great power and mighty strength. Not one of them is missing. Why are the stars out at night?
Why do they burn so brightly in the galaxies? It’s all because God has called them out. The song we sang, they’re part of the vapor of his breath. They do his bidding and if stars obey him, those giant balls of gas vastly bigger than anything we could even comprehend. Then how much more than the simple things in life, or the weather. Look at what Psalm chapter one forty seven, verse fifteen says he sends his command to the earth.
His words run swiftly, he spreads the snow like wool. He scatters the frost like ashes. He hurls down his hail like pebbles, who can withstand his icy blast. He sends his word and melts them. He controls the sun, he controls the snow and the rain, typhoons and hurricanes. God controls all of that. This year twenty twenty. There have been sixteen named storms so far, all of them authored by God. All of them controlled by the hand of a mortal perfect God, look at what Job says and Job thirty seven, verse eleven.
He loads the clouds with moisture. He does that. He scatters his lightning through them at his direction. They swirl around at his direction, over the face of the whole earth to do whatever he commands them. He brings the cloud to punish people or to water his earth and show his love. He brings the clouds to punish or to show his love. I don’t understand it all, but I don’t need to understand it all for it to be true.
I love how clear the Bible is about God’s sovereignty over the natural world, over snow and over rain, over cold and over heat and over wind. And when Jesus finds himself in the middle of a life threatening storm, the Bible tells us that he is able to speak three words to it and the storm instantly dies down. Mark Chapter four, verse thirty nine. He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves. Quiet, be still.
Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. Jesus speaks to a storm, and instantaneously the storm becomes a cool, calm breeze. He did it and the question is, could he do it again today? Of course he can. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. And as Hurricane Delta makes its way to the coast of Louisiana, we pray for the people there. We pray for those communities there. And all I’m saying is that if God wanted to in a single moment, he could say, be quiet and that storm would go away.
Anywhere on the planet, planet, any wind can be stopped by those three words, quiet be still. There is no storm, no hurricane, no typhoon, no cyclone, no monsoon, no tornado that cannot be stilled by the presence of Jesus himself. Meaning that if it blows, he intended for it to blow, it was his purpose, and I don’t understand that. Even as I say it, the people in Louisiana are facing one hundred plus mile an hour winds and the people’s property are being destroyed and people’s lives are being threatened.
And in that time, I just want to let you know that God is not helpless. We don’t have to pray that God would would reverse something he he’s the author, he knows what he’s doing and I don’t understand it all. I can’t put it all the pieces of the puzzle together. I’m not even supposed to understand it all. All I’m saying is that if you wanted to, the storms could be stopped. Even today, everything is in total control.
Under control of the great I am and the king of Kings and the Lord of Lords, even in suffering, God is in control. Look at Exodus Chapter four, verse eleven. This is a hard passage to comprehend. The Lord said to him, this is God speaking to Moses, who gave human beings their mouth, who makes them deaf or mute, who gives them sight or makes them blind.
It is not I the Lord. We don’t have to defend God when suffering happens. God decides it and why he decides it, we will never understand. But here’s the bigger point. Suffering is purposed. There is a purpose for it because God is in control. When people are blind, when people are death and people have disease when people get sick. It’s not just the random forces of nature controlling people’s lives. No, no. It’s God Almighty deciding what happens.
He is the author, which means at the end of the day, he’s going to make something beautiful out of it. And look, this may be hard for you to swallow, but it doesn’t mean. But but doesn’t it feel better to believe that suffering actually has a purpose? The everse response to that is suffering is purposeless, and why do you want to live in a world where the hurting can’t be wrapped into a beautiful bow by God himself?
Look at first, Peter, chapter four, verse nineteen. So then those who suffer according to God’s will, I’m going to read that again.
Those who suffer according to God’s will.Should commit themselves to their faithfull creator and continue to do good.
If you suffer. If you’re going through the worst pain imaginable. God is saying, look, at this point in time what you should do, is you should commit yourself to your faithful creator, because at the end of the day, God will wrap all this up and make it something beautiful. So whether we suffer from disabilities or whether we suffer from evil persecutions, God ultimately decides whether or not we suffer. Whether we die, or whether we live.
This is what Deuteronomy chapter thirty two verse thirty nine says. See, now that I myself am here, this is God speaking. There is no God besides me. I put to death and I bring to life. I wound and I will heal and no one can deliver out of my hands. Jobe one twenty one, the Lord gives and the Lord takes away. May the name of the Lord be praised. James, chapter four, verse thirty three, now listen, you say today or tomorrow we will go to this city or that spend a year there, carry on business and make money.
Why do you why you don’t even know what will happen tomorrow? What is your life? You are missed. That appears for a little while and then vanishes. God said he gives and he takes away.
You don’t know what will happen on Monday. I’m recording this on Saturday. I don’t even know if this message is going to get to you. But if it gets to you, you’re not going to know what’s going to happen a minute after you watch it. That breath you just took that came from the Lord and that breath God could have shut your lungs instantly and you could have no longer taken a breath forever and it would have still been good.
How it’s all good. I don’t understand. But you don’t need to understand. God is in control. If the Lord wills, I will finish this sermon. If the Lord wills, if the Lord wills that that a crazy person enter this room and shoot me between the eyes, that was God’s will. That’s all I’m saying. Every roll of the dice, every fall of the birds, every crawl of a worm, the movement of the stars, the falling of the snow, the blowing of the wind, loss of sight, the suffering of the saints and the death of everybody, they are all included in the phrase, I will accomplish all my purposes.
Everything that happens is included in that phrase. Let me talk a little bit about God’s sovereignty in government. First off, on November the 2nd, on Tuesday, people are going to vote and it’s my ministerial exhortation for you that you participate in that process, it’s not a command from God. It’s just a suggestion from me, because as I discern our role in the democratic order, I believe it’s what we should do. We should vote because if all the people who pray most and think most biblically bow out of the decision making process, then we have less cause to think that the best outcome will come.
So I say to you, vote for the candidates, vote for your amendments, and while you’re voting, also do not be deceived or do not have any illusion that you, in fact, are making any decisions because nobody on the planet will decide who becomes president on November 2nd. God decides if you don’t believe me. Look at some of these passages of the scripture. This is Daniel, chapter two, verse twenty one. He changes times and seasons. He deposes kings and raises up others.
Romans Chapter 13, verse one through two. Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities. Listen to this line. For there is no authority except that which God has established. No authority except that which God has established, the authority that exist has been established by God, consequently.
Whoever rebelled against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, what God has instituted. God has instituted. Proverbs chapter twenty one, verse one. In the Lord’s hand the King’s Heart is a stream of water, that he channels towards all he pleases, all who pleases him, sorry.
Psalms Chapter thirty three. The Lord foils the plans of nations, he thwarts the purposes of people. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever and the purposes of his heart through all generation. Look at Daniel, chapter four, verse seventeen. The decision is announced by messengers. The Holy One declares the verdict so that the living may know that the most high is sovereign over all kingdoms on Earth. And he gives them to any one he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of people.
What do these passages teach us that God is in control of the government? Total 100 percent control of what happens on Tuesday, November the 2nd and on Tuesday and every single Tuesday, that happens afterward. And has happened before and that will happen forever more. God is in control. What about evil leaders? Well, the nations gathered together to do, sorry, when nations gathered together to do their absolute worst, namely to murder the son of God, you might wonder you might think, well, like, this is an evil nation who kills the son of God, which is the worst thing you can do in all of human history.
The question might be, will have they slipped out of then God’s control? And I want to read you a passage that’s really challenging in this passage has been tallying my faith the entire four months that we’ve been studying this out. Look at Acts chapter four, verse twenty seven. Indeed, Herod and Pointius Pilate met together with the gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. Verse twenty eight, they did what your power, speaking of God and Will had decided beforehand, should happen.
They did what your power got and Will had decided beforehand should happen. Certainly, sin is sin and wrongdoing is wrongdoing and evil is evil, and killing the son of God is the worst sin there can be. But what I’m telling you is that you have to create a category in your mind that, God willing, sin to occur, that God will send to a curse so that he can do something beautiful through it, that God is allowing the sin of the world, not only just allowing it, but sort of being a I don’t even know how to describe it, but allowing it to happen so that ultimately he wills it so that he can put it all together to create something beautiful.
You need a biblical category in your mind for that, for God willing, that sin happens so that he can then do something beautiful. And if you don’t have that category in your mind, the text we’re reading make no sense. Because why would God kill his son? Why would God allow death? Why would God allow murder and abortion and pain and racism and people being despised? Why would God allow it to happen? You have to begin to have a category in your mind that God will will it so that he can make it beautiful at some point in some ways, and something that we maybe will never understand.
The bottom line for me is that God’s sovereignty, God’s sovereignty is something I need to understand in my life. I don’t need to have it totally pinpointed, but I need to have a category in my mind for it. And the reason it’s so precious for me, as I was thinking about this more and more, is because I’d have no savior without the sovereignty of God. There is no Jesus Christ the savior of the world without the sovereignty of God, no savior sent by the father.
There just isn’t one. There isn’t a way to find light in the worst of darkness, and there there-forth, if there was no sovereignty, we are defeated as sinners. And that’s a big deal for me, and if you’re a Christian, if your heart is willing to be humbled and you love Christ and you trust Christ, if you’ve been baptized into Christ and you’ve put your hope in Christ, your very soul should give praise to the sovereignty of God every single moment you can.
And look, there may be one hundred horrible things in your life, but somehow you have to embrace the idea that over all of those things, God writes Romans Chapter eight, verse twenty eight. For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. And you can write over Satin, like just like Joseph said to his brothers in Genesis Chapter 50, verse 20, you meant all that for evil. God meant all that for good.
You indeed intended to harm me, but God intended it for good. You can aim your site at this idea that God is in control and that God is good and both of those things are working together. All of our blessings and all of our difficulties, all of them fall into the category of God’s sovereignty. And so I’m no longer devoted, I’m no longer devoting myself to knowing everything and understanding how everything works together, I no longer want to live my life just trying to know what is unknowable.
And by doing that, criticizing and becoming bitter and becoming resentful. Instead, I want to be drawn into the affection of God. I want to close by reading a passage that we began with. This is the beginning of Isaiah chapter forty six. This verse three says this. Listen to me, you descendents of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth and carried since you were born, even to your old age and your grey hair.
I am he. I am he, who sustains you. I have made you and I will carry you. I will sustain you. And I will rescue you. This teaching isn’t about being afraid, this whole idea of sovereignty isn’t about being overwhelmed, except it’s about being overwhelmed by how much God loves you.
How loved are you by God who knows everything, who has planned everything so that you could come to know him? That you are in the arms of an immortal God, a perfect loving all of his ways. God who knows the end from the beginning? I actually have a special guest here on set. And I want to I want to introduce you to him.
This is my this is my son, Ezra. Ezra just turned one. In August. And he doesn’t know me, he doesn’t know anything about me, really. He doesn’t know what I like or what I don’t like, he doesn’t know my height, he doesn’t know my pain, my my issues, my anything. He doesn’t know anything. And yet.
He understands that in my arms, there’s safety. In my arms, there’s security. That in my arms, he can be whole. He doesn’t understand it all, he doesn’t understand all of life’s dynamics, he doesn’t understand budgeting or money or or girls or anything at all.
He doesn’t understand anything. But he’s a child in the arms of his dad. And in this moment, he is safe. I want to leave you with this thought all that we talked about might be overwhelming, all we talked about might make you question a lot of things and maybe halfway through the sermon, you just kind of like shut me down and now I have a child. So you’re watching. But like, I want to encourage you to become like a child again in the arms of your father.
Become like a child again in the arms of an immortal God who loves you more than anything, who you don’t know anything really about, you know him a little tiny bit, but you don’t really know him. And yet he can take care of you and keep you safe and make you whole. Would you join me in prayer as we pray to become like little children, as we were reminded of the sacrifice of Jesus who gave up himself so that we can have life?
Let’s pray together, Father. We love you, Lord. We thank you that we get to be children in your arms. We thank you that with you. We have security. We thank you that with you. We we don’t need anything. There is no needing in your arms. God, I pray that our heart is not kind of drawn to the desire to be independent, to be separate from you. But instead our heart is just drawn to be in your immortal grasp.
God, to thank you for Jesus who was willing to become nothing, taking on the nature of his servant, being made in human likeness, humbling himself to your authority and your sovereignty. Even though your sovereignty led to his death, he still was willing to go through it because he trusted you at the end. God, let us have that same heart that when issues come our way, we can trust you all the way through because we believe that you are turning things out for good God, thank you for being our dad.
We love you in Jesus name. Amen.