Summary: This sermon talks about how, even though we may not understand hardly anything that goes on in our lives, we still need to trust God with all of our heart.
"When It Just Doesn’t Make Any Sense.."
Come on and give God a hand clap of praise, aww you can do better than that... He is worthy of it, is he not? Amen, you may be seated in the presence of the Lord. Hmmm, this text is knawing at me and bothering me on this week, and it’s bothering me for just a few reasons but mainly one that I need to get up off of my chest and share with you on this week, and that is where the writer of Proverbs says in verse 5, "And lean not to your own understanding." And so, i’m trying to figure out how in the world I can trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not to mine own understanding when my understanding seems to be the only thing that makes any logical sense at all.. Are you all with me? And so, and so, I want to talk for just a little bit of time as the Holy Spirit shall lead and guide from the subject of, "When It Just Doesn’t Make Any Sense!" Turn to your nieghbor & tell ’em "Nieghbor, It just doesn’t make any sense." Turn on the other side of you, in front of, and behind you & tell ’em, "it just doesn’t make any sense." hmmm, let me begin to work this thang out. Can I keep it real for a minute?
My Borothers and my Sisters, I am convinced today beyond a shadow of a doubt that a lot of what we go through in life just doesn’t make any sense at all. I mean, if you look back over your life in hind sight when it’s all said and done you might can fit a few pieces of the puzzle together and see where some things finnally are clear and make sense but in the here and now nothing seems to be making sense. I need to make it personal right there and give you an example if I may... I can recall losing my job on last week and then them withholding my final pay from me, my homelessness, my drug addiction, all the bad relationships, the hurt, the pain, and the heartache & saying to myself both while I was going through those things & even just now that it just doesn’t make any sense. And God lead me to Proverbs 3:5-6 and told me to simply put, "Trust in him." And so now i’m like "Lord, trust in you with all the hell that’s breaking loose in my life and with things not making sense as they are...?" I can make better sense of it myself! But the Lord kept saying "Trust in me with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding." And so the Lord has really been dealing with me on this trust piece of wholly trusting in and leaning on him and so I thought i’d talk about it for a minute and let you know a few things as to what it means to trust "wholly in"... Can I teach you a few things before I get to the text?
The first thing that trust means is as webster’s defines it, "To put firm reliance in the character, integrity, or ability of a particular person or thing." God wants us to rely solely on him and no one else, and not only on him, but in his attributes of character, like love, grace, and mercy, providing power, keeping power, need I go on? He also wants us to rely on his integrety, or on the fact that when he says he’s going to do something that he is going to do it. I like how the old folks say it, "God said it, I believe it, that settles it!" But also to trust into his abilities, that he is able to do what he said he’d do. And so trust means "To put firm reliance in". The seccond thing trust means is, "One in which confidence is placed." Confidence is simply "Trust placed in a person or thing." And so God wants us to have confidence in him and solely and totally on him that whatever we are in need of, we can find it in him and him alone. Can I get a witness? And so it also means to have confidence in. Somebody oughta say "Confidence." Ahhh, but the third and final thing trust means and then i’m going to get outta your way and get to the text at hand is, "To hope or wait for.." God wants us to put all our hope in him. Hope for a brighter future and a better tommorrow, hope that it will all work out in the end. But than he also wants us to wait on him, to be patient with him and to realize that he operates on his time, and not our time. And I don’t know about you, ha, but I thank God, ha, that as the old folks say, "He may not come when you want him to, ha, ha, ha, but he’s always, huh!" Awwww, I feel like preaching, ha, can I go ahead & preach, ha?