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His Wonderful Watchcare

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Sermon shared by S Henriques

January 2003
Summary: Several crises in our church family prompted the need for an encouraging sermon on God’s watchcare over our lives, even if we don’t understand what is happening at the time.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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is there to protect you from danger. He is there to assure us of His presence when our world is falling in.

At least two of the psalms teach us about the protection and guarding presence of God in our lives. Psalm 91:4 reads, “He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” Psalm 125:2 reads, “As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from henceforth even for ever.”

God is good, and you can know that by the way He watches over you, and cares for you!

3. A third time we can know the goodness of God through His watchcare is when He supports us.
The picture of a mother eagle teaching her children to fly continues. The mother eagle swoops down and allows her frightened eaglets to climb onto her wings. Then, up they go into the blueness of the vast sky … up hundreds and hundreds of feet. The little birds begin to see a world they have never seen before, a world they never knew existed. But just as they become caught up with this new experience, suddenly the mother eagle turns a flip-flop in mid-air, sending her babies screaming to the ground.

They are faced with a new problem, and their instincts take over. They, too, begin to spread their wings, just as they had seen their mother do, and they begin to glide and use the strength they never knew about before! They are soaring, just like their mother!

But their little wings are not accustomed to this, and they cannot soar for very long. They soon grow tired, but when they do, the mother eagle is right there. Just as they begin to fall again, she swoops down and allows her young to land on her wings. She is their support when their little wings grow tired. She is their courage when their hope is gone. She is their example of how to fly. She supports them when there is nothing else left.

When God stirs our nest, He remains beneath us to give us strength and support. Moses put it another way in the next chapter of Deuteronomy (33), “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” If God stirs up your nest, He remains with you tu support you when your faith grows weary. He is there to be your courage when all hope is gone. He is there to be your example of how to “fly.”

Isaiah 41:10 reads, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” And in your darkest night, when you have no other place to turn, God is there like a mother eagle who cares for her young. When your hope is gone, you can rest in God, just as the eaglets rest on their mother’s wings.

4. A fourth time we can know the goodness of God through His watchcare is when He leads us.
In v. 12, Moses states that just as a mother eagle is the only support, the only guide for her young eaglets, in the same way, God alone guided Israel through their wilderness travels.

As a mother
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