Sunday 4th March, 2018 [Communion Sunday]
Hymn of meditation: PH 508
What God ordains is always good; what He permits is best here.
My life He ordered best for me; I shall be still before Him.
My God is good, He knows all things; He’ll be with me in all things,
I’ll therefore leave all to Him.
This is one interesting theme for anyone who understands the purpose of God in his life and abides in faith whilst walking in His obedience. The fellow begins to see, think and understand things from God’s perspective.
Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come.
Beloved, our theme is ‘understanding God’s purpose’ and I believe God has a purpose for each life here. Trying to understand God’s purpose is learning to take God by His Word. He’s the God who never changes, the Creator of all things and knows all things better than we do. For us to therefore understand God’s purpose or plan for us as Christians, we need to go back to the scriptures, study it and most importantly, take God by His Word.
If God says He is the healer, then He truly is the healer; if He says He knows you better than yourself, then He is aware of every little challenge that comes your way. No matter what you go through, know that God has a plan and purpose for it. Therefore, whatever will make you strong and abide in His Word, God will allow it your way. Unfortunately, we rather perceive God as being unfair when such troubles come our way, many often but never forget that in His wisdom, He makes all things beautiful in His own time. Trying to know the purpose of God is trying to know what the Word of the Lord says.
In Exodus 20:1-2 God started revealing Himself to the people through His commandment: “And God spoke all these words: “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” God spoke these to the people so they will know and walk upright before Him and let the whole world know that He is the Lord that delivers; the Lord worthy of their worship and whose presence they must revere. God continued to give them His commandment. All the commandments of God, however, comes with a price; for Israel to be able to stand and proclaim to the world that they have a God who is able to do all things, it will spark some tension between them and the other nations who later rose against them and fought them. There were times when they had it very tough and times when God allowed the enemies to overwhelm them. Yet, at the end of it all, God showed Himself strong and proved that He is the God who never changes.
The fact that God gave them promises that He was going to be with them throughout the ages, He made sure that in whatever battle they found themselves, He made the world know that they were indeed His children. No matter where you are coming from or who you are, God has a plan for you and desires that anything He planned or said concerning you will come to pass. As individuals, we all have differences; our purpose before God also vary accordingly but at the end of it all, the desire of God is to prove Himself strong in your life. He brought the Israelites out of slavery and pointed them to the fact that, He is the ONLY ONE who must be served and worshipped so much that anytime they worshipped Him, He proved to the nations around them that He is the mighty one and still on the throne.
Beloved, you may be experiencing turbulent times and even retort at this preacher saying that “Reverend, you have no idea about what I am going through” but I can assure you that no matter what you are going through, He is with you. He has a plan and purpose for your life, and for this reason, there are two things God will do when you are faced with a challenge: (1) He will hold you and walk you through the difficulty or (2) deliver you from it. God is faithful. Anytime we come to Him in prayer in humble adoration, God always glorifies Himself.
1 Corinthians 1:18-25: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”
In the above scripture, Paul told the Christian in Corinth that Christ is the wisdom and power of God. Whatever you wish to be in life, it is Christ who directs and sustains you. Paul pointed them back to the suffering of Christ on the cross and what it means to us. Secondly, Christ is the wisdom of God (Verse 5). Beloved, today, people have used wisdom to conclude on various aspects of life but the scripture admonishes us to go to Christ, the source of all wisdom. Earthly knowledge is important but we cannot equate it to the wisdom of God. Depending on God will give us the grace to be wise and live lives that brings honour and glory to him. He wants the best for us all as His children. He will not finish with you at once but whiles walking with you on the journey, He will cause you to realize that indeed He has been good to you despite all the challenging moments.
Finally in John 2:13-22, Jesus went to the temple and furiously drove out all the sellers and buyers, reminding all of us that whatever we do in the chapel should be to God’s glory alone. Set your intentions for coming to church right; let the unbeliever know the God we serve. If you have not yet entrusted your life into the hands of Jesus Christ, be sure to do it this day to be assured of God’s plan and purpose for your life, learning to appreciate Him even when He allows challenges to come your way. The trials and difficulties are only intended to make you strong and fully dependent on God and His word while giving you the grace to overcome or go through to His own glory.