Focus on your faith, and not your frustrations.
We all want a life of peace but it doesn’t seem like that’s God’s intention. Why? Probably because God knows better. God knows when we get comfortable, we tend to start to get lazy, slide on things, and fall away.
As they say: The toughest test is not of poverty but that of prosperity.” This saying calls attention to the fact that it is perhaps when we are successful and comfortable that we are most vulnerable to forgetting our dependence on God:
“You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not…Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today; otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” (Deut. 8:2, 11-14)
Notice that it says here, “…you will forget the Lord,” not, “may.” If you feel like you’ve been wandering in the desert for 40 years, maybe it’s all to draw you nearer to Him.
You see, some people think that the purpose of life is elusive or complicate but it’s really very simple: It’s for us to worship Him – not to make money, to accumulate things, or what we do for a living…it’s just to worship Him. Maybe our country (and the world actually) is suffering such bad times with the economic downturn and such because God is testing our hearts. Maybe He’s testing how much we really trust and revere Him:
“I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere Him.” (Ps. 33:11)
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” (Rom. 8:28 NLT)
We know that God has our best in mind but we need to ask ourselves how much do we trust Him and how much do we love Him.
The above article is part two of a sermon from a Pastor Wayne. You can find the storehouse of New Hope sermon notes here.
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