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In dealing with difficulties, rejoice in the providence of God, remember the purpose of God, and rely on the promises of God.
We are in a series of messages that we are calling “Defining Moments.” Our lives are sprinkled with defining moments—moments that shape the rest of our lives, moments that are so important that the rest of our lives hang in the balance of these moments. We have talked about such topics as our births—both our physical births and spiritual births, baptism, and marriage. We even talked about how historical moments are defining moments (wars, hurricanes, etc.) On Easter Sunday we talked about “The Most Defining Moment of all of History”—the resurrection of Jesus. We have since been trying to isolate other defining moments. We have talked about such things as failure, crisis, and last time parenting.As we begin to wind this series down, I want to share with you this morning that one of life’s most defining moments could come at any time. There are many examples in the Bible. Moses wasn’t looking for a defining moment when God appeared to him in the burning bush. None of the disciples were looking to be part of a history-changing band of disciples when Jesus called to them, “Come follow me.” The Apostle Paul certainly wasn’t looking for a defining moment when Jesus met him on the Road to Damascus. In the midst of all of these examples, we turn to the Book of Ruth this morning.The book of Judges and 1 Samuel is separated by Ruth, which gives an account of a “bright spot” for Israel in the days of the judges. Ruth points to the theological truth that God is still sovereign and in control, even in the darkest days of rebellion and sin.
Whatever problems you are facing, your status is no match for them, but your Savior Jesus is! Sadness and sorrow are not necessarily your enemy because they are the birthplace for faith. You can look to a strength that is stronger than yours. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God and acknowledging Jesus is with you. Go to Jesus and ask big! He is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all you can ask or think! Faith works by love, so focus on God's unconditional love for you, shut the door to anyone who is saying anything else, and expect to see your miracle of faith!
Sometimes things can turn out in ways that upset us, and this week the gang learns why this happens and how to help when everything goes wrong the day before Taylor's Easter play for church.
Do you have your eyes on the problems in your life or God and HIS solution? It can be easy for us to be overwhelmed by the problems and challenges in our lives, especially in this darkening world. Let's look together at God's Truth for us in Psalm 37. He is in control: Vs. 2, 9, 12, 16, 20, 21, 25, 28, 35, 38. What not to do: Vs. 1, 7, 8. What to do: Vs. 3, 27, 37.
Our lives are sprinkled with defining moments—moments that shape the rest of our lives, moments that are so important that the rest of our lives hang in the balance of these moments. We are studying from Scripture some of these defining moments that dot our lives. You may not experience every single one of them, but you will experience most of them. So far, we have started with our physical births and our spiritual births. If we are going to talk about moments in life that define us, it seems reasonable and practical to start with our births—both physical and spiritual. We have also talked about baptism. Today, we have come to talk about the defining moment of “getting married.” I would like to say to our singles today that I trust that you will not feel left out this morning. I hope that you would be able to see the great need in our church for Biblical principles to be applied in this subject matter. In addition, I can assure that almost all of what we will talk about can be applied to most any relationship in your life. We turn our attention this morning to the book of Ecclesiastes. This text has become a favorite of mine to share at weddings. I always tell them that Ecclesiastes is known as a book of wisdom and that our marriages surely need lots of wisdom.
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