March 16

  • Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.—Philippians 4:6-7

These are either just mere words of encouragement, or they’re the very, living, guaranteed Words of God. Let’s break this down:

  1. We are told to be anxious (worried about one’s cares) for nothing. That means 100% of your problems, worries, and fears are in this category of “nothing” and that you are not to worry at all.
  2. Everything also means 100%. Every little thing, big or little, good or bad, bring it to God in prayer in supplication.
    1. And, also bring it with thanksgiving. We can thank Him because we know He is already in charge of our needs (remember Matthew 6 which we spoke about in service?).
    2. And, 100% of all your requests must be made to God. That’s a George Mueller principle (we’ll maybe talk a bit more about him this week).
  3. Next, Paul tells us that the benefit we receive is the peace of God. This guarantees that this is notan idle promise, but one that will definitely come to pass.
    1. This peace is beyond anything you can imagine. The world doesn’t understand it, nor will your finite mind. But nevertheless, you will be endowed and enveloped with this peace.
    2. Your hearts and your mind (everything from emotional stability to mental stability) will be protected by none other than Jesus Christ Himself!

The old saying, “let go and let God” is sort of what Paul is talking about.

  • “Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you.”—George Mueller

Yesterday we concentrated on Proverbs 3:5-6. A life of faith is our quest, and a small trial and challenge like Coronavirus is just that, a small trial and challenge. When we live a life of faith we bring Him glory and make Him happy (Hebrews 11:6). And, our Proverbs passage is also filled with 100% requirements (trusting in the Lord with 100% of your heart, and acknowledging Him in 100% of where you go and what you do). And what was the result? He will (another guarantee) make our paths straight.

I like guarantees. I was raised on Craftsman hand tools with an unconditional warranty that if I was ever dissatisfied with my tools for any reason, I could just return them to Sears and they would replace them free of charge. Then, in their 100thyear I began working for Sears, and over the next 28 years added more Craftsman tools to my collection (my employee discount was very helpful). But, something happened. This rock of a retailer that used to lead the retail world, that was the #1 retailer in the world, that was a family icon, began to disintegrate. By the 2000s they had deteriorated so much that companies we used to laugh at were now fierce competitors. Then, after various events which you can Google if you want details, Sears became practically a byword. They sold Craftsman to Stanley-Black & Decker, and in time filed for bankruptcy. Now, my tools are still guaranteed for life for a little while longer, and only at Sears, and for usually a cheaper made version of what I own. Once the transition is over my tools will only have a limited lifetime warranty through Stanley and will not be replaced in most cases as they were under Sears.

What happened to my guarantee? It was only as good as the finite and human organization that created and maintained it. Many lived and died without an inkling that this would happen, and they used the Craftsman warranty when needed, were proud that their tools were made so well, and looked at Sears as a rock. But the reality of Sears’ limitations and failures has set in after all these years.

Well, in our world of disease, disasters, wars, violence, crime, financial volatility, government corruption, and so forth, we have no guarantee of anything except that good things and good times will not last. However, the good news, the comforting news, the fantastic news is that God is theRock! He’s our fortress! He’s our ever-present help when we’re in trouble. He never fails. He won’t go out of business. His promises never end and are always kept. Why in the world would we put out 100% faith and hope in the government? In our communities? In our fellow man? They will always fail us but He never will! You can take that to the bank.

What’s the answer to Coronavirus? Not a clue. But, I can tell you one thing, our sovereign God has the answer, has a point in time when it will end, and He is calling you and me to seek Him in faith and prayer.

  1. Being honest with yourself, what, if any, fears do you have about Coronavirus or being here on the Big Island during this time? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. Now, give each and every one of these to God right now and ask Him to take away any worries you have.
  2. We talked a great deal this past Fall on the sovereignty of God as we dug into Creation, the Fall of man, the Great Flood, and man’s rebellion at Babel. Yet, God was intimately involved in each thing that happened and was in no way surprised when Adam and Eve sinned, or when Cain killed his brother, or when humans tried to unite in rebellion.
    1. Right now take time in prayer thanking God for His loving, sovereign care for you and your family.
    2. Ask Him to strengthen your trust in Him even more.
  3. Think about those around you who have no hope. Think of ways that you can show the light of Christ to them, and show the guaranteed hope of salvation in Jesus.
    1. Do you know anyone who is fretting over Coronavirus right now whom you can reach out to with the Gospel of peace? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”~100 year-old Spiritual by an unknown writer.

1 He’s got the whole world in his hands.

He’s got the whole world in his hands.

He’s got the whole world in his hands.

He’s got the whole world in his hands.

 

2 He’s got the wind and the rain in his hands.

(Sing three times)

He’s got the whole world in his hands.

 

3 He’s got the little tiny baby in his hands. . . .

He’s got the whole world in his hands.

 

4 He’s got you and me, brother, in his hands. . . .

He’s got the whole world in his hands.

 

5 He’s got you and me, sister, in his hands. . . .

He’s got the whole world in his hands.

 

6 He’s got everybody here in his hands. . . .

He’s got the whole world in his hands.