2 Samuel 15:1-16:14

2 Samuel 15:1-16:14

2 Samuel 15:26Vintage message from August 15, 1999. (The tape broke near the end.)

How often do we find ourselves in the midst of trials, in the midst of problems, and actually find ourselves caring about other people more than the current problem we’re going through? Do you realize that this is exactly where Jesus was?…

And when was the last time you said this to yourself in the midst of a trial or in the midst of a struggle? God has the right to do with me what God chooses, and especially if I’ve done something to displease God…He has the right to deal with me as He will… I don’t care what the circumstance is, I don’t care how bleak it looks, I don’t care how bad it gets, there is nothing, nothing that can happen outside of God’s will… God is powerful enough to deal with each and every and any problem that may face us. We just have to ask ourself, am I right with God? Am I trusting God enough to let Him do in me what He wants to do?…

“Let Him do to me whatever seems good to Him.” When was the last time you said that to God? God, do to me, do in me, whatever, whatever seems good to You…

Do you realize that part of the problem that we run into as Christians today, why we feel defeated, why we feel frustrated, why we feel unsuccessful as Christians, is because we assume upon God what our success should be. We assume upon God what He should or must do for us. We assume that because God loves us that He’s never going to allow trials and struggles to happen to us and when they happen to us, we cry out to God, “Oh, God, why are You doing this to me?”…

Do you realize you can not accomplish anything in life, you can not be strong in life, you can not be firm in life unless you are living within the relationship that Jesus Christ came to give us. Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. He came that we might have peace, but He also knew when He came to this earth, He was dealing with people who’re lost in their own flesh… But we have to understand, salvation does not mean that our struggles and our trials end. Our struggles and our trials do not end until the day we stand in the halls of heaven face to face with God. Then we understand, then we know all things that God wants us to know. But while we’re here, while we’re living on this earth, we are living in a flesh that is corrupt and still dying. We’re living in a world that is decaying around us, and because of this dying and decaying situation that we’re in, it brings trouble. It brings hardship. It brings pain. But we are still commanded, be of good cheer…

What is it that we cling to in our lives, that we feel we have to hold on so dearly to that we would fight with somebody else to keep it?… I am God’s vessel. I am God’s servant. Let Him do with me what He pleases… What situations are we in that we are so tired of being in that we have cried out, “God, You’re unfair!” Let me tell you, God is not unfair. God knows what’s best. But God also knows that this life brings struggle, this life brings hardship, and when it brings hardship, it’s for our benefit… God wants us to learn to persevere. God wants us to learn to live in hope. But we’re not going to have those things unless we experience and go through the trials that come our way… I’m God’s vessel. My life belongs to Him. He can do with me what He will. It’s not my life to live. And that’s what we have to say to ourself.

Pastor Dave Elkins