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Sunday, August 24, 2014
The Audacity of Tribulations
Psalm 25: 16-21
Romans 5: 1-5
John 14: 1-3, 27
Two brothers, ages 8 and 10, were always getting into trouble.
Reaching their wits end as to what to do, their parents decided to ask their pastor for help.
The pastor was a rather ruff and loud man, but had a way with disciplining children.
He asked to see the boys individually, so the eight-year-old was sent to meet with him first. The pastor sat the boy down and asked him rather sternly, "Do you know where God is?"
The boy made no response, so the pastor repeated the question even louder, "Where is God!?"
Again the boy made no attempt to answer, so the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face, "WHERE IS GOD!?"
The boy suddenly ran out of the room, ran right home, and shut himself in his closet. His older brother followed him into the closet and said, "What happened?"
The younger brother replied, "We are in BIG trouble this time. God‘s missing and they think WE did it!"
We can laugh at these two intrepid youngsters only because we know
That no one can “take” God and hide Him or cause Him to go missing.
In fact the point of this little story is not that God may have gone missing,
But the focus is on the trouble these two boys are constantly finding themselves in.
We can readily identify with these two boys as none of us are immune to trouble.
Trouble of our making,
And trouble just comes because we are human
And live in a sinful, fallen world.
So what do we do when trouble overtakes us?
We can try to outrun it and hide,
Or we can turn and face it!
As people of faith,
We know that trials, tribulations, and trouble will come,
But we also know how to get through it!
As the trials, tribulations and troubles come,
Remember that you are a child of God.
You can face anything that comes your way.
You have been justified by faith in Jesus Christ.
You have all the power and authority of heaven at your disposal!
If the trials, tribulations and troubles you are experiencing
Are the result of sin and poor choices,
First confess your sin,
That Jesus is faithful and just and forgive our sin,
And then deal with the consequences
With grace and humility.
As you deal with the trials, tribulations and troubles,
There are 3 things that you can do as you face your
Trials, tribulations, and troubles:
Maintain your integrity –
Psalm 25: 21
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me. . . .
Don’t be jam or jelly, be preserves
With all the moral and ethical strength you can muster,
Stand strong and wait for God.
Ephesians 6: 13
Having done all, Stand!
II Peter 1: 3-4
His divine power has given to us all things the pertain to life and godliness,
Through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises,
That through these we may be partakers of the divine nature. . . .
Read Romans 5: 1-5
The NIV says
“. . . . we also rejoice in our sufferings.”
Philippians 4: 4
Rejoice in the Lord always.
Again I will say, rejoice!
This is not an attitude of
But of a down deep, soul and spirit
Kind of joy
The kind that knows
This too shall pass –
Like a kidney stone sometimes,
But this will pass.
This kind of rejoicing comes from having
Peace with God and
Knowing that His grace is sufficient for all our needs,
AND having the knowledge
That we are not alone in our trials, tribulations and troubles –
Christ is with us always,
Believe and don’t be afraid!
Let not your heart be troubled;
You believe in God, believe also in Me.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid!
If you can believe, all things are possible to those who believe.
Without faith it is impossible to please God, for those who come to Him
Must believe that He is,
And that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
This is the Audacity of Tribulations –
By maintaining our integrity,
Rejoicing in our trials, tribulations, and troubles,
And believing fully and completely in God and His saving Grace,
We can stand boldly, confidently, determined
Knowing that with God
We can endure, we can overcome, we can be victorious!