Sunday was a day of wonderful sermons. When you are quarantined you can digitally attend many different services. I have two I am partial to: my own church and another that I formally attended. I love them both.
This is what I gleamed from both of them. (I am taking artistic liberty and combining the sermons.)
In all that God does, His purpose is to make Himself known. In Exodus, God makes His purpose plain.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. 14 For this time I will send all my plagues on you yourself, and on your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is none like me in all the earth. 15 For by now I could have put out my hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, and you would have been cut off from the earth. 16 But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth (Exodus 9:13-16).
Don’t we talk about the plagues of Egypt today, especially today? God’s purpose was to make Himself known to the Egyptians, His people, and all of us through time.
Then if we look at Acts 23:11, in the middle of all the confusion, chaos and clamor Paul finds himself in, the Lord stands by him and assures him that God’s plans would come to pass. Paul was to take courage because God’s plan was Paul would testify in Rome. There was no way that would not happen. Not Jews, Romans, Kings, or raging storms at sea would stop Paul’s mission to Rome.
God is sovereign. God is in control of everything. Nothing can hide from Him. Nothing can thwart His purposes. Every atom is under His direction.
Remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose (Isaiah 46:9-10).
Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all deeps (Psalm 135:6).
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will (Ephesians 1:11).
So, dear Christian sister, rejoice. James said:
Count it all joy, my brothers (sisters), when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2–4).
Yes, bad things happen to good people, but for the children of God they have a divine purpose of conforming us to the image of His Son and Jesus walks through all the bad stuff with us.
Sister, our God is in control. Lay your burdens down because Jesus cares for you.
If you are reading this and you don’t know Jesus, then repent and call out to Him to reveal Himself to you. He died the death on the cross we deserve for our rebellion against a holy infinite God. He bore our sins on His sinless self so that we might live eternally with Him. Call out to Him. He is full of mercy and forgiveness.
You are loved