Message: “NAH, I’M GOOD…” - Pastor Lucas Johnson

Sunday, May 26th, 2019

 

READ: 

DEVOTIONAL:

Change is inevitable. No matter how much you plan and prepare, someone or something will come along and knock you seven ways to Sunday. At times like these, you have two options – Chicken Little-it and panic or realize that nothing happening to you at that moment is a surprise to God.


Psalm 37:3 reminds us, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” In other words, yes, things may not be playing out the way you expected, but focus what you know to be absolute truth – trust in the Lord and feed on His faithfulness.


Note the writer’s use of the word “feed” in this verse. We’re not just to remember or think about His faithfulness. We are to ingest it like food – we allow it to nourish us and fill us rather than focusing on the emptiness we may have about someone or something we feel we have lost.


Verse four reads, “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Again we are called to action. After trusting and feeding, the psalmist tells us to “delight” ourselves in the Lord, and in return, he will give us the desires of our heart.


What does that mean – “the desires of your heart?” God isn’t a genie in a lamp. You can’t rub your Bible and expect the Holy Spirit to pop out and grant you three wishes. As we go through this process, trusting the Lord, feeding on His faithfulness, delighting in our relationship with Him, we draw closer to our heavenly Father, becoming more like Him and aligning our hearts with His. We begin to see our life and our circumstances through His eyes, and though we may never understand this side of heaven why He allowed the heartbreak and disappointment you’re thinking of at this moment, we accept that He knows best and longs to give us His best.


Holding on to how things “should be” is dangerous. If God chooses to take something from you, remember that everything you’ve ever been given is a gift from Him in the first place. It’s much less painful if He can take it from an open hand lifted as an offering rather than prying it from your clenched fist.  


Yes, change is inevitable. The only thing more sure is the promises of God. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8


REFLECTION:

When it comes to change, you have two choices: EVADE IT or EMBRACE IT.

  • Contrast the responses of the rich young ruler and Zacchaeus.

  • If you could change just one thing about your walk with God, what would it be? What specific steps can you take to make that change happen?

  • If the “old man” is dead when we accept Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), why do we still struggle against sin?

  • What are some practical ways to be renewed in the spirit of your mind? Be specific.

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