On this Sunday Pastor George continued the sermon series “In the Meantime Pt.3”. Pastor highlighted the difficulties and realities of the fact that we don’t have all the answers and we don’t always understand why the Lord chooses to operate in the ways that he does.
This week’s message was titled “A Reason to Sing.” As believers living in the meantime, we are often are confronted with the questions of why:
‘Why is my family member so sick?’ ‘Why does it seem like everything is falling apart?’ ‘Why hasn’t the Lord’s promise manifested after so many years?’
Pastor George stated that when these questions like these arise, “I just need to know that someone else went through this.” John the Baptist stated it best in the Book of John. John the Baptist was the cousin of Jesus and a person who proclaimed the honor and credibility of Jesus to the masses. When Jesus began baptizing people and essentially taking John’s place in society, John said this:
A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.30 He must increase, but I must decrease… – John 3:27-30, NKJV
So when everything looks to be falling apart I should remember that God should be receiving glory in my life and I should be taking the backseat? That’s a hard pill to swallow. But what about when the John was thrown in jail? John asked his disciples to ask Jesus if he was the real deal or not. Jesus’ did not visit John in prison; he affirmed that the works of the Lord were being realized across the state and said *“blessed is the man that is not offend by me… *- Matthew 11: 6.”
Remember that when everything is falling apart, there is blessing in not taking offense against your Lord.
“It’s like the Lord is saying, ‘what did you Expect?” – P. George Searight II
And what did we expect? A life filled with fine luxury and undeserved prosperity? A savior who, like a reed shaken in the wind, moves at our every beck and call? Or did we expect a prophet: someone who would deliver on a promise of salvation from death, freedom from the clutches of the enemy, and life forevermore.
For even in our deepest misunderstanding, anger, and sadness, we always have a song to sing…
One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; * I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.* – Psalms 27:4-6