Vintage message from March 3, 2002.
When we read God’s Word, it is for a purpose. We read it so that we hear what Jesus had to say so that we will not go astray. God’s Word is given specifically to a lost and dying world because that lost and dying world has gone astray. We become His disciples, we give our lives over to Him, and it is His desire that as we hear His Word, as we begin to walk right with Him, that His Word does healing in us so that we no longer go astray, and His Word is also then given to us so that when the time comes, we will remember. There’s a lot of things that happen in our lives. Every day we encounter challenges: challenges to our faith, challenges to our flesh, sometimes challenges to our life, and when we find ourselves in those moments, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Are we thinking, “Oh! The Bible says this about this situation! I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. I know Whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.” Are these the things that come to our mind?… God’s Word was given so that the more I study and the more I dwell, I will remember, and remember what? That I have been warned. Warned of what? That the world is out there, …that there are people who would come and try to draw me into situations of sin that God desires for me to stay away from. To remember that we were warned that He was going to die, go be with His Father and then, one day, the ultimate hope of our life: that He will return and bring us into that completed love relationship. That’s what His Word is given to us for…
This is the time to rejoice: when those hard things happen that we don’t understand, it’s not time to panic, it’s time to rejoice. It’s time to remember God’s Word, and why it was given to us. So instead of screaming out at that that’s hurting us, accusing, we turn to God’s Word, and we see how we can be blessed through the hardships that we’re facing, even at the loss of the things that we believe to be the most dear to us.
Pastor Dave Elkins