Summary: Who we think we are reveals a lot about who we understand God to be.
Goliath was equipped with the latest military equipment and technology but was brought down by a small boy with a sling shot.
Cain brought to God the best that man could ever produce and was rejected by God.
These two represent what is going on today. We need to understand that the Christian life is all about God’s perspective. Too many people have defined God and the Christian life from the human perspective. Consequently, people have gotten the Christian life wrong.
“The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men.” (E.M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer).
“Every age has its own characteristics. Right now, we are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In it’s stead are programs, methods, organizations and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart. The shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship, and that servile imitation of the world which marks our promotional methods all testify that we, in this day, know God only imperfectly, and the peace of God scarcely at all.” (AW Tozer, The Pursuit of God).
Theme…Who we think we are reveals a lot about who we understand God to be.
The more I get to know God the more I understand who I am.
Genesis 1:26 – “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:”
If this is true, and it is, then the more I understand God the more I understand myself and my relationship with God.
This rules out completely evolution.
God’s word to Jeremiah explains this.
Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
The passage before us, 3:6-11, establishes the foundation of our unbroken union and communion with God.
Being a Christian does not mean what many people think it means. At the very core of Christianity is this “unbroken union and communion” with God. This simply means that we have a relationship with God that is based upon fellowship and companionship. Not the technical Christianity that many people are satisfied with and find to be terribly unfulfilling.
What the bride sees in the groom…
I. Her Security (3:6-8 NLV).
“6 “What is this coming up from the desert like smoke? It has the smell of special perfumes, with all the perfumes of the traders. 7 See, it is the traveling wagon of Solomon. Sixty of the strong men of Israel are around it. 8 All of them use the sword and are very able in war. Each man has his sword at his side, keeping watch against trouble in the night.”
Nothing is more important than security. What is the basis of my security as a believer?
Do I have the confidence to truly trust God for all the aspects of my life? Or, am I trying to do it in my own strength? The bride does not rest upon her own resources.