Genesis 15:1-12; 17-18
Some days are so overwhelming. Some circumstances are more than we can bear. Some situations are more than we feel like we can deal with. Is there good news in all of this?
Less than 2 weeks ago, we began the journey of Lent. Lent is the opportunity for us to spend extra time with the Lord, put things behind us that have been hindering our relationship with Him, and focus on following Him.
If you have been looking inward and searching, you know the bad news. You know that you have sin. You know that as a human, you sin even when you aren’t trying to. You know that the more you try to live the right way, life pushes back. It may seem that the more you want to live a good Christian life, the more that the devil is pursuing you. That doesn’t mean we give up. That doesn’t mean we give in. That doesn’t mean that we don’t keep doing the right thing continuously. The bad news may be that we can’t do anything about our situation on our own.
The good news is that we serve a mighty God…a powerful God…a God that can move mountains and calm storms…a creator God. That is what we read about in the scriptures today.
Abram was struggling. He was doing the right thing. He was being faithful. But Abram wasn’t seeing the promise from God. He wasn’t seeing how all of this was going to possibly work out. God gave Him a promise…showed Him the stars…asked Him to believe and Abram did. This made the difference. Abram believed that God could do anything…even make Him a father at his age and a father with so many descendants that he would not even be able to count. I’m sure Abram couldn’t even begin to imagine how this would happen. He had to believe that God was bigger than He was…God was more powerful…God was not like him in that God was sovereign and just…God was creator.
David had so many things going against him on so many occasions. Yet, he writes about the Lord. He remind us that the Lord is light…salvation…stronghold…teacher…guide.
Paul reminds us in Philippians to keep our minds not on earthly things but on the Lord. What we seek, we will find. If we are seeking earthly things, that is what we will receive. These will all perish and so we will in our pursuits. If we seek heavenly things…those things of the Father…that is what we find…things of eternal value. Jesus will transform us when He comes again. That is powerful!
In the first scripture we read in Luke, Jesus wasn’t intimidated by Herod or by anyone else. Why? Because Jesus was on a mission and His mission would be accomplished regardless of Herod. He knew that Herod may have had earthly power but that was nothing compared to the Kingdom Power. Jesus had a mission to accomplish and that is exactly what He intended to do.
In the last scripture of Luke, we see what is referred to as the transfiguration. This is where Jesus is transformed right before the eyes of Peter, James and John. What does this do? It reminds the disciples that Jesus isn’t your average prophet. He isn’t someone to take lightly or to ignore. God acknowledges Jesus once again and gives the command to listen to Him. Why? Because Jesus is on God’s mission and is doing the things of God.
All of these scriptures remind us of a powerful God who can do anything. Yet, we still struggle. We still fall. We still get weary. We still grow impatient. We still DON’T TRUST. Why?? Why don’t we get that we serve a mighty God and if we will just trust Him, He can take care of it? We read the scriptures? We hear the mighty works of God?
I think it is because we are scared. I’m scared. We are scared of what we don’t know and we don’t know the future. We are scared of what we can’t fix or can’t do something about. We are scared because we look in the mirror and know the sins that keep creeping up inside of us. We are scared and so we decide we can do this on our own. It is easier if we hold the reins. It is easier if we just try to figure it out. Totally let God? That is a terrifying place to be…or is it?
Who is it that we serve again? Who created us? Who brought us here? Who has taken care of us? What do we do when we have control? What are we thinking? God is good and powerful and just and loving and sovereign. Yet we can’t trust. What are we thinking? How can we constantly focus on Him during Lent? What can we do to remind ourselves that He is God??