February 11, 2018: Deeply Known and Deeply Loved

Preached by Casey Kluver (00:41)

When you find yourself in difficult situations, do you believe that even the hardships of life are for your good or do you think that it’s just bad with nothing helpful to gain?

Often, we can say that God is good all of the time but still expect that God will bring badness into our life. As if God doesn’t really love you he just loves bringing trial into your life. The Apostle Paul described to the Christians at Corinth the type of disasters he was experiencing.  He alluded to the troubles that they would experience and then he wrote, “All of this is for your benefit.

Look for what God is doing. See the situation as Jesus would see it. God promises that every situation will work for you. That doesn’t mean that every situation will be comfortable or happy for there is going to be some terrible experiences in your life. Yet God promises, through his love, that every situation you’ve been in will work for your good because of his goodness for you.  We all go through things that are challenging in the moment, and later on we look back and say “hey, that actually did something for me!”.

Listen as Casey encourages us why and how God’s love is experienced through bad situations.  God doesn’t expect you to walk through difficult situations and act like it’s not difficult.  Let God know your frustration.  Let God know your doubt.  Ask God to show you how the difficult problem will work for your good.  No matter how he answers you, the answer will always include his loving reminder, “Trust me and hold on to my hand tight.  This will benefit you.”

Scripture references: 2 Corinthians 4:8-18


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July 23, 2017: Waiting on God on the Edge of the Cliff

Preached by Evan Stewart (00:42)

We are often told in the Scriptures to “wait on the Lord”, but what does that mean?  What does that look like?  King David wrote many psalms that reflect a lifestyle of waiting on God.  Also, the famous story of Job provides deep insight into an attitude of waiting.

The story of Job is often used as an explanation that bad things happen to good people under God’s supervision and control.  But his story also teaches the why it is important to always wait on the Lord.  Although Job never cursed God to his face, as Satan wagered he would, Job did stand on the edge of the cliff of despair.

Job experienced a turning point in his faith that each of us will come to.  Under the weight of affliction Job cried out that God was good to him yesterday, but today he is not. He reached the point where he began to believe that God had stopped being good to him.

Maybe you’ve stood on that same cliff.  If you haven’t, know that even the smallest of trials can take you there.

What God wants us to know is that while times are good we must dwell on the truth that he is good, loving, faithful and strong so that when times are bad we can cling to that same truth.  Waiting on God means learning to be still in order to see the goodness of God around you.

Scripture Reference: Psalm 27, Job 29:2-6, 30:9-10 and 19, 38, 40:4-5 and 42:1-6