MOUNTAIN OF FIRE & MIRACLES MINISTRIES
DENVER BRANCH, COLORADO
MESSAGE: Trusting God in the midst of uncertainty
Evang. Nimota Kelani
March 21st, 2007
HYMN: LEANING ON THE EVERLASTING ARMS
Ecclesiastes 8:6-9 “Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be? There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it. All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.”
There is an appointed season, and a right and proper manner of doing everything that is to be done. The book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verses 1 says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” The scripture we read earlier is just reaffirming what was written earlier in chapter 3 verse 1. King Solomon was talking about the uncertainty of life, that there are things that happen that we just don’t understand. No matter how wise, smart or how much we can discern — “time and Judgment” there are things we just can’t make sense of, things that even the wisest among us cannot fathom.
However, the good news is that we can trust God even when things that are happening to us are not making any sense. As Christians we know that trusting God is not an overnight thing that just happened like that. We must learn as Christian to trust God by reading the word of God, by claiming the promises of God and by living a holy and obedient life. If we do those things trusting God and surrendering our situations; whether good or bad to him will not be difficult for use to do.
Let us look at some scriptures to back our trusting in God:
Psalm 118:8-9 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”
This scripture is telling us that it is not good to put confidence in man at all. When we put our confidence in man it is trusting to a broken staff, to a mere shadow, which can yield no support or relief. We are better off to trust in the Lord; he is able to help, as well as willing; he is faithful to his word, and unchangeable in his promises. Man, on the other hand may have a will to help, but may not have it in his power to help, and sometimes when it is in his power, and has promised it, he disappoints, being changeable or unfaithful. Therefore brethren, let us trust not in man, but in the Lord for the bible says it in Jeremiah 17:5: Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. It is only God who can see us true our good and difficult times, so let us trust in him. Amen.
Let us look at Psalm 34:8: “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Knowing God and knowing its resurrection power is what is being presented to us here. This is a warm invitation to us to trust and obey him in everything that we do. There is always a blessing that comes after we trust and obey Him. As we trust him daily we experience how good and wonderful our God is.
Proverbs 3: 5 & 6: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” We are to trust God with everything we know. We are not trust in our education, family members, friends or spouse. We are not to lean on our own understanding because it opposed to trusting in the Lord. We should not depend upon our own wisdom and understanding, in the conduct of daily life, but should seek the direction and blessing of God, or otherwise we will meet with disappointment; and, when we succeed, should ascribe it not to our own prudence and wisdom, but to the goodness of God; for "bread" is not always "to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding", Ecc_9:11. Our absolute trust must be to God in all situation whether good or bad; we are to trust in him at all times; in times of affliction, temptation, and darkness: there is a great deal of reason for it; all power and strength are in him to help. His love, grace, and mercy, move him to it, and are always the same. We are to trust in Jesus the Son of God; in his person for acceptance; in his righteousness for justification; in his blood for pardon; in his fullness for supply; in his power for protection and preservation; and in him alone for salvation and eternal life. We are to also trust in the Holy Spirit, to carry on and finish the work of grace upon the heart; of which a saint may be confident that where it is begun it will be completed. And this trust in Father, Son, and Spirit, should be "with all the heart", cordial and sincere. The phrase denotes not so much the strength of faith as the sincerity of it; it signifies a faith unfeigned; it is not saying, or professing, that a man believes and trusts in the Lord; but it is with the heart, and with his whole heart, that he believes unto righteousness, if he believes aright; Romans 10:10 says “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
1. Set the Lord God before you and have him always in view.
2. Consider him as ever present with you, observing every step that you are taking and don’t ever take one step without his permission, and without his advice.
3. Ask wisdom of him who gives liberally; consult his word, and make the Scriptures your counselors, or the men of thy counsel, as in Psa_119:24.
4. Take Go as your guide; observe the footsteps of his providence; follow the Lamb wheresoever he goes.
5. Walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit; when things go cross and adverse, and not to your mind, submit to his sovereignty.
6. Be still and know that he is God, that does all things right, for his own glory and his people's good, Psalm 46:10.
7. When you are successful, give him the glory of all; own his hand in it, and the bounty of it; acknowledge that all you have, in providence and grace, come from him the author and the finisher of your faith.
and he shall direct thy paths; man cannot direct his own way; no, not a man: this is a blessing from the Lord; who steps of his people, keeps the feet of his saints, and directs them aright in things temporal and spiritual, for the bible says in Jeremiah 10:23 “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” What every situation we find ourselves; whether good or bad, God is able to turn whatever situation around to glorify Him and for our own good if we can just trust and surrender such situation to him. Note that this promises are not for everyone; but for those who will love, trust and obey him. It is only for those who look for their security in God. It is for those have learnt to accept, not recent, pain and persecution because they trust in God and know that God is with them. Amen.
Where do you find yourself this morning as a Christian? Are you a faithful and obedient servant? Are you willing to trust him in everything and not leaning on your own understanding? Jesus is the ultimate answer to every situation of your life and you must trade those unfavorable circumstances to him by trusting only in him. We must come to point of realization that we will perish if we trust him not. This is what King Solomon said throughout the book of Ecclesiastes; vanity upon vanity all is vanity. Without Christ at the center of your life you are nothing.
Let us rise up for prayer: