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God is bigger than the world He made. There is no problem that you have that is bigger than God’s ability to solve it. There is also no problem that you have that is bigger than God’s ability to use it. The God that we serve is able to make all things work together for good. The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity for God to show Himself mighty.
God knows the limits of the humans that He made, namely you. “God remembers that we are but dust.” He will not give us more than we can handle through His strength. “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Cor 10:13) The temptation right now is fear. But God provides a way out. It is to trust completely in the God who made it all.
They recognized His sovereignty as the God of revelation. (vs. 25) “you…spoke”
In this verse, Peter makes reference to the passage that I read from on Tuesday night at our special prayer meeting. It is Psalm 2. [read it] The verse here and in Psalm 2 begins by asking the question, “Why do the nations rage?” That word “rage” is the word that is used to describe the sound produced by high-fed, spirited horses. The horses “may trample and toss their heads, but in the end they will have to accept the discipline of the reins.” [William Barclay]
All this week, we have listened to people talking. We have heard terrorist experts try to explain why we never saw this coming. We have heard airline experts try to explain how these hijackers could have gotten control of the planes and what they did with them once they got control. We have heard politicians cry out for justice to be done. We have heard the content of the 911 calls made from doomed airliners. And we have heard hurting people tell the stories of the last time that they saw their loved one. But it all began with a group of terrorists who made one decisive statement when they plowed two jumbo commercial jets into the side of the world trade center and one into the pentagon. They tried to say that they were in control, that they could not be stopped, and that we need to be afraid. They were throwing their heads around, trying to throw off God’s control, running wild.
I’ve got news for them and for all the reporters of all the world. When God speaks, it does not really matter what anyone else has to say. In a time like this, when others seek to destroy our lives or steal our joy through what they have to say, remember what God has already said. Things like, “I love you”, “I will never leave you or forsake you”, “You are my child”, and “I’m coming back to get you.” Things like “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want…though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,” and “until heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or tittle – not the smallest portion of my word – will pass away.” And there’s another thing that I would like to remind us and those who have attacked us that God has said. He said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay”, says the Lord.
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