Summary: All of humanity needs someone who knows and willl encourage us...day in and day out!! Is there anyone who really knows us? God Does! Is there anyone who really understands us? God Does! Is there anyone who really cares about us? God Does!
Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided -
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!
This great Hymn of the church was written by Thomas Chisholm.
He did not write this hymn because of something great, or even miraculous that had happened in his life, no, rather he wrote it because as he looked back over his life, he learned to see the great faithfulness of God. At age 75, he wrote these words;
The faithfulness of God is an amazing thing… Not based upon our actions or deeds
but only based upon the commitment and love that He gives us continually on a nonstop basis.
God's faithfulness is everywhere and anywhere, all the time...there is no where
His faithfulness doesn't reach, or that His presence does not touch...
There are some who try to flee from his presence like the story of Jonah in the Bible… But it is an impossible task.
In the modern age that we live in, sometimes we think how much further can humanity get from the presence of God…
but no matter how far society seems from God, His presence is still there… His presence is even closer than the mention of his name!
It is only possible by His presence being available in our lives…to be afforded
of mentioning his name in the first place and expecting Him
to act on our behalf in the time of need!
Everywhere all over the world this morning there are people who are not in church this morning...and its a troubling thing
Now for those who have never heard the gospel or known Jesus to be their Savior
and made a profession of faith...
we would understand why they would not be in attendance.
But for those who have sensed and felt the presence of God and accepted Jesus as their Savior...
you wonder how in the world did they ever fall away from the church.
And these are people that we all know… People who were once vibrant and involved
in the work of the church...
Luke 12:48The Message (MSG)
47-48 “The servant who knows what his master wants and ignores it, or insolently does whatever he pleases, will be thoroughly thrashed. But if he does a poor job through ignorance, he’ll get off with a slap on the hand. Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!
We have been given the greatest gift known to mankind...it's not a theory of relativity and or the quantum physics… It's Jesus!
For whatever reason and there really isn't a good one...people choose not to frequent the church on a regular occasion...
But what's worse, is when they choose not to frequent church at all...they just stop
The old adage is… I don't have to go to church to have a relationship with God. And while that is a true statement...
I wonder really...how their relationship is with God when they won't even frequent his house on a regular basis?
While the presence of God is everywhere… Most people don't look everywhere for the presence of God!
Dan Bear illus. "Dan who?" (Every body knows someone who once thought they were more than what were...only