Summary: Each line of this hymn speaks 1. Believe - "Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus" 2. Decide - "Just to take Him at his word" 3. Rejoice - "Just to rest upon His promise" 4. Depend - "Just to know, thus saith the Lord"
VIDEO = Story of Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
- Worry & Panic
- Mid 1950's Red scare & fallout shelters
- 1962 - Cuban missile crisis & Nuclear missiles
- Late 60’s - Worrying about a population explosion resulting in famine catastrophes
- In 1973 - Warning stated that by 1993 the word would have exhausted the supply of “gold, mercury, tin, zinc, oil, copper, lead and natural gas.”
- End of 1999 - Computers were going to be the downfall of civilization with the Y2K problem.
- 2001 - 911 Attack bring war to America
- In 2006 - bird flu was declared “the first pandemic of the 21st century, 1 in 4 could die
- Global warming became the next threat our planet.
- Today it is ISIS & Ebola
- If that is not enough there is my own personal worries & panics
- We envision future catastrophes
- Spend time worrying about what might never happen
- Creating an emotional wilderness for ourselves.
Francis Chan - In "Crazy Love"
“Worry implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.”
Proverbs 12:25 (AV) — 25 Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
- Fear is poisonous.
- Especially when it drives our decisions
- This will slowly destroy us
- If we make moves that are against God’s will
- The antidote to fear is complete reliance on God, and His work through the Spirit
2 Corinthians 1:8–9 (AV) — 8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant (uninformed) of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength (We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure), insomuch that we despaired even of life: 9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves (we felt we had received the sentence of death), that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
Numbers 12:16 (AV) — 16 And afterward the people removed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the wilderness of Paran.
- On the edge of Promise but in the wilderness
- Promise given at the time Israel was set free from Egypt
Exodus 13:3 (AV) — 3 And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten. Exodus 13:5 (AV) — 5 And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month.
Numbers 13:27 (AV) — 27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.
- Just as God Said
"Nevertheless" Very next word
Numbers 13:28–29 (AV) — 28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
- Are they stronger than God?
- Are they Greater than God?
- Saw only the Anak ̶ They did not see God
29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.
- God does not dwell here
- Unbelief leaves God out
- Numbers 13:31 (AV) — 31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
- Numbers 13:32 (AV) — 32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature
- Convinced themselves
- Lied to themselves
- Exaggerated the lie
- Unbelief begins continues & ends with the absolute exclusion of the one and only true God
- Looked around instead of looking up
- Will you ever find permission to worry?
- Never - God is anti-worry!
- Proverbs 10:24 (NIV) — 24 What the wicked dread will overtake them; what the righteous desire will be granted.