May 15

PRAYER FOR THE DAY

Dear God, so far today, I’ve done alright. I haven’t gossiped, and I haven’t lost my temper. I haven’t been grumpy, nasty or selfish, I’m really glad for that.

But, in a few minutes, God, I’m going to get out of bed, and from then on, I’m probably going to need a lot of help.

Thank you,

Amen

So much for today’s Friday Funny. It’s a long road ahead of us before sanity and safety return to our Coronavirus-impacted world, but take heart folks, God is still on the throne and is still in charge!

Catch that?

Why did Jesus escape being captured in John 7? Verse 30 tells us that it was because “His hour had not yet come.” It was not God’s appointed time for Him to die yet. This holds true for you as well despite Coronavirus plaguing our world and disrupting it so dramatically:

  • “When we will die is not a matter of accident or chance; the Bible makes it clear that our lives are in God’s hands. He knows the time of our death, and He has even appointed it. The Bible says, ‘Man’s days are determined; you (God) have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed’ (Job 14:5).”—Billy Graham
  • “Death is an enemy to humanity, but it is not out of God’s control. The number of days that we will live on this earth are ordained by God. He has the power to shorten or prolong it.”—Don Stewart
  • “God does determine when everybody dies and he did decide that in eternity.”—John Piper
  • “…there is a Devil. He is our archenemy. He will do anything in his power to bring misery into our lives. But Satan is not sovereign. Satan does not hold the keys of death. Jesus holds the keys to death, and Satan cannot snatch those keys out of His hand. Christ’s grip is firm. He holds the keys because He owns the keys. All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him. That includes all authority over life and death. The angel of death is at His beck and call.”—R.C. Sproul

This is just a light sampling of some various Christians who have found that the Bible makes it clear that our lives are fully in God’s hands. The U.S. Government is not in charge, the U.N. is not in charge, Coronavirus is not in charge, but God is.

But, don’t take their word for it, see what God’s Word says:

  • Psalm 139:16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.
  • Samuel 2:6 “The LORD kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up.”
  • Psalm 31:15 Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have ransomed me, O LORD, God of truth.
  • Hebrews 9:27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—A time to give birth and a time to die;

Again, the Bible doesn’t give us a “Go run out and stand in the road during traffic and test God” theology, but it does mean that we are in sin if we live in fear, especially fear of our lives (we should only fear God).

  • Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.—James 4:14

Today is Friday and we enter yet another locked-down weekend. Things are looking up here on the Big Island as we have no reported cases of COVID-19, yet they’re also looking down as we ‘ll be under the “safer-at-home” order until at least June 30. But, whether we live or die, we do all for the glory of God, promoting Jesus, and proclaiming His Gospel of love and grace. And you and I can be rest assured that everything is absolutely in His sovereign control, that there is not one rogue molecule in the universe, and not one rogue germ that He doesn’t control. You and I can be the best testimonies to our lost neighbors and community by demonstrating our bold and dynamic trust in King Jesus!

  1. While there are no guarantees that Christians won’t get diseases, sickness, or COVID-19, we do have the guarantee of that God is in control of the smallest details. Think of some ways that this instills confidence and comfort in you: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. Have you checked in on anyone recently to encourage and bless? ________________________________________________________
  3. The sovereignty of God is a repetitive theme in our church because it’s an overarching theme of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. What have you learned in the last few months or even year about God’s sovereignty that you never knew before? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    1. How have you applied that knowledge to your life? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Here’s a great little article about our biblical response to death. I feel Christians should be the only confident, fearless people on this earth when it comes to death as we are the only ones who are confidently resting in our Savior and His everlasting life! https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/how-now-shall-we-die/

 

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

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.