Peace Part 2
"You do not even know what will happen tomorrow.
What is your life? You are a mist that appears for
a little while and then vanishes." James 4:14
No matter how we slice or dice it, we have limits. First of all, we are not able to know the future, and second, we are merely, "A mist that appears and then vanishes". Although a King, David likened his life to a puff of smoke (Psalm 102:3); Job said his life was as brief as a breath (Job 7:7); and Peter compared our lifespan to the grass of the fields that withers and our glory to the flowers that fall (I Peter 1:24). None of these last for very long.
We do have power, but is it ever enough? If it was, we would not struggle with: fatigue; limitations; failures; weaknesses; shortcomings and confusion. But because we do have these struggles, we will need help outside ourselves.
Have you noticed how our society is obsessed with celebrities, athletes, Marvel heroes and aliens? It is like we are searching for something more - someone to look up to or put our hope in. We could look to God , because He is:
"One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: Power belongs to you, God." Psalm 62:11
Why is it that many of us know God is all powerful and yet we seem to turn to Him as a last resort? Shouldn't He be our first call? Maybe it is because we still think we can handle whatever it is by other means, maybe we don't really believe He is powerful or maybe we don't think of Him at all. Whichever it is, it is not our best option.
"Is anything too hard for the Lord?" Genesis 18:14
God spoke this to Abraham about the upcoming pregnancy of his 90 year old wife. So, if He could handle this, then ya, He could find you a parking spot, or whatever you need.
"And with you, Lord, is unfailing love, and, you reward
everyone according to what they have done." Psalm 62:12
David really found three things to be true of God. He is power, He is love and He does reward us. This means God, in all His power (able), is loving (willing), to use it for our good. We just need to call on Him in prayer. But if we do not call on Him, then He is handcuffed to help. God loves to help us, but He will not violate our free will.
"His love endures forever." Psalm 136:1
From sermon notes 1/9/2022