“When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn.”
Psalm 142.3a NLT
David was on the run, boxed in inside a cave, hunted by enemies.
How does God show us which way to turn?
“[F]or the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort—for the sake of his good pleasure—is God.”
We can work out our salvation, v. 12, because God works in us.
If you feel something is missing, what can you do to let God work in you?
You can get a PhD in Bible study but you don’t need a PhD to understand the gospel. Matter of fact, one of the largest reasons many people err with the scriptures (other than a blatant lack of study) is due to over-thinking them!
The existence of sin, the reality of the judgment and the possibility of salvation – which are all revealed through the cross of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:18, Acts 24:24-25) – isn’t hard to understand.
What muddies the clear waters of the gospel are “glasses” that refuse to see what God’s word reveals. These glasses can be political, intellectual, cultural, financial or denominational in nature, but regardless of the glasses’ nature, the result is the same … a departure from the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:11-25). And this is why, when it comes to the essence of the gospel that God wants us to know about, the aforementioned glasses are excuses (and not reasons) for why we choose the wisdom of man instead of doing what God has commanded to be done.
“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!” (2 Corinthians 11:3-4 NKJV)
Our God is kind in every way,
He holds the evil tide at bay,
With love he showers his faithful saints,
In Christ no follower falls or faints.
He bears us on the Spirit’s wing,
That we might daily praise and sing;
In us he lives, we shall not tire,
The word within burns like a fire.
Our God is good, and goodness proves,
In every trial and pain he moves;
In heaven’s path the Cross we bear,
His suffering and joy we gladly share.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
—Romans 15.13 ESV
So many good things in a single sentence! How many things can you note that speak of God and what he does?
As we began our lesson this morning during Bible class, someone made a simple but good point about Daniel’s request for God’s help concerning Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Their point was that God was with Daniel even in Babylon. That’s a point worth thinking about!
God had not “stayed at home” in Jerusalem when the captivity began. God was willing to follow Daniel to Babylon because Daniel was willing to follow God in Babylon.
So while we may think Daniel only had three close friends travel with him as he left the earthly Zion behind … the fact is, Daniel had at least four.
““Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off?” (Jeremiah 23:23 NKJV)
God works in the life of his saints to strip away all false sense of power and ability to cope. He drives us to a single-minded dependence upon his providence. He nurtures in us, by experiences and trials, that clarity of mind that, instead of reacting with panic, turns automatically to trust in his care. He demonstrates that he continues to uphold his people as he has in the past, still fulfilling his promises—not that we should expect miracles, like those done by the Lord Jesus Christ and his apostles, but that we must by all means know that he never fails to supply our needs and to equip us for his work in this world.