Monday, April 27, 2009

Faith


So what do you do when your world is turned upside down and God seems to have abandoned you?

What do you do when you have prayed and prayed and prayed and it did no good? What a waste of effort. And for what?

What do you do when you've been a "good little girl", a "good little boy" and the result was just as bad or worse than the people "livin la vida loca"? And you think, "What's the use?"

We just finished a study by Andy Stanley in our Sunday School, and he made the point that our faith is the ultimate prize in the battle between God and Satan. Sure - our souls - but before that, our faith.

Know this.

Our faith is under all out attack.

It is not subtle.

It is not hidden.

Our faith is under all out attack.

What did the guy writing Psalm 77 do?

Look back.
11 -12 Once again I'll go over what God has done, lay out on the table the ancient wonders; I'll ponder all the things you've accomplished, and give a long, loving look at your acts.

Look up.
13 -15 O God! Your way is holy! No god is great like God! You're the God who makes things happen; you showed everyone what you can do— You pulled your people out of the worst kind of trouble, rescued the children of Jacob and Joseph.

Look Around.
16 -19 Ocean saw you in action, God, saw you and trembled with fear; Deep Ocean was scared to death. Clouds belched buckets of rain, Sky exploded with thunder, your arrows flashing this way and that. From Whirlwind came your thundering voice, Lightning exposed the world, Earth reeled and rocked. You strode right through Ocean, walked straight through roaring Ocean, but nobody saw you come or go. 20 Hidden in the hands of Moses and Aaron, You led your people like a flock of sheep.

Ultimately?

Get on your knees and surrender...

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