Psalm 71:15-16 My mouth will tell of your righteousness,
of your salvation all day long,
though I know not its measure.
I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign Lord;
I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.
It is fascinating to run into a passage that encapsulates much of this morning’s message, right now before I’ve even stood in the pulpit, but very like my God to show it to me in this way. He knew what was going to happen when, back when He was guiding me in creating the list of Scripture readings, and even when He showed me what topic to use for the Scripture lists, moths ago. Actually, the Bible makes it clear that He knew this at the point He created the universe, and that is beyond incredible to the human mind. We have such a small conception of God! He arranged that the replacement part for the attic stairs arrived the day after the old part completely failed, on a day that I had enough time to install it, when I didn’t have that time the day of the failure. I am reminded of Nathanael, who was convinced Jesus was the Messiah because He told him He had seen him under the fig tree before Philip called him. (John 1:43-51) We don’t trust God because we don’t believe either that He really knows our circumstances or that He really cares and wants the best for us. If we are fully assured of those two things, then anxiety would be an impossibility, replaced by an anticipation of what God is going to do next.
I’m coming through some pretty intense training in this very issue. The past three days have required doing a great deal of work in limited time with limited help, but we have gotten through and are getting through it all. The rushed schedule will continue for about 48 more hours, but God is assuring me that He knows every detail, and He’s got it all in control. Actually, this cycle of training started just about a year ago. At times I have indeed been the “faith engine” for the church that God told me to be, but at times I have fallen well short of that mark. Yesterday morning God blew me out of the water through a dear sister who came to our early morning prayer meeting (and who has also be invaluable and untiring in helping out over the past 48 hours). She said that God had given her the assurance that, quite apart from the elder-care facility we are planning to build, God was going to grow this church greatly in numbers. Considering that our attendance has been under 10 for the past several months, that made me break down in tears. God is showing us things to do, and we need people to do them. Right now He’s assuring me that He knows that far better than I do, and He’s got it all in control. We have lots of challenges ahead of us, but His knowledge, His love, and His control are and will be operative through all of it, so as He told me years ago now, I am to rest, relax, and rejoice, however busy my body might be.
Father, thank You for this very needed Word! Thank You that You will enable us to be ready for the service by the time it starts, and that the rest of the day will also be a blessing. Help me trust You enough to enjoy the process and give You the praise and glory You deserve. Thank You. Praise God!