“ARE YOU SERIOUS?”: MAKING PROMISES AT THE MOST UNPROMISING TIME

There is a little verse in Psalm 105 where the Holy Spirit goes back a few thousand years to tell us about “when” God promised something at an unpromising time.

 

11 Saying, “ To you I will give the land of Canaan

As the portion of your inheritance,”

12 When they were only a few men in number,

Very few, and strangers in it

(Psalms 105:11-12)

 

This little portion of Scripture is pretty amazing and pretty typical of God.  He promises stuff when it seems impossible

 

GOD SAID (to Abraham)….I WILL GIVE YOU THE LAND OF CANAAN

 

HIS POSITION….only a few people….in fact ,very few it says….and to add insult to injury, they are strangers in the land.  Very unpromising resources to make this kind of promise.  

I will give you the land is insane. 

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HE COULDN’T HAVE TIMED IT ANY BETTER

We know the verse by heart:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” Stop there!  We are so thankful He gave us Jesus….but His timing was amazing. It’s not that He just “gave us” Jesus but it’s also “when” He gave us His Son.  

 

I was recently reading an apologist that I love , Dinesh D’Souza, in his book “What’s So Great About God”, he blew my mind by quoting  statistician Erik Kreps.  

Think of Eriks numbers and think of this Galatians verse.

 

When you read this verse….key in on “WHEN THE RIGHT TIME CAME” and then buckle your seat belt

 

 “But when the right time came, the time God decided on, he sent his Son, born of a woman”

(Galatians 4:4)

 

Here it comes, buckle up ….

 

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JESUS…..STOP!

Omnipresent is a big theological word that has huge implications for us.  It means that God is everywhere at the same time. And He is ALL THERE.  He is not there thinking of other thing.  I need Him to be that. Since I can’t schedule my issues and problems I can’t make appointments with God in advance.  There are some days that I need to say to God “please stop what You are doing, I need help now.”

OMNIPRESENCE CAN DO THAT.

Omnipresence does not fit us in, squeeze us in and schedule us.  Omnipresence is always there for us. God stops.

 

I love this story about Jesus in Mark 10.

He may have laid down His omnipresence for His earthly ministry but He still stops.

 

 

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means ‘son of Timaeus’), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’

 

(Mark 10:46-48)

 

They told the blind man that Jesus  wouldn’t stop.  The crowds are so big, and we just can’t have people yelling for Him randomly. That’s not the way it works around here.

You don’t yell when you want to and Jesus stops to help you.  We have an order of service.

 

 

There’s an old story of the boy who stood on a sidewalk, waiting on a bus. A man walking by spotted the boy, and gave him some gentle instruction. “Son,” he said, “if you’re waiting on the bus, you need to move to the street corner. That’s where the bus stops for passengers.” 

 

“It’s OK,” said the boy. “I’ll just wait right here, and the bus will stop for me.” 

 

The man repeated his argument, but the boy never moved. Just then, the bus appeared. Amazingly, the bus pulled over to where the boy stood, and the child hopped on. The man on the sidewalk stood speechless. The boy turned around in the doorway and said, “Mister, I knew the bus would stop here, because the bus driver is my dad!” 

 

When you’ve got a family relationship with the bus driver, you don’t need a bus stop. 

 

I know Someone greater than a bus driver

 

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