Ryan is the Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Hickory, NC. He is the host of the "In The Room" podcast, and the author of 8 Hours, Or Less: Writing Faithful Sermons Faster.  

God Always Comes Through

Big Idea: Today's insurmountable obstacle is tomorrow's testament to God's grace.

My journal is filled with desperate prayers concerning what have often felt like daunting problems.

  • Circumstances outside my control that need changing.  
  • Conversations I'm concerned will be difficult and not go the way I hope.
  • Issues of provision and uncertainty surrounding how God will provide.

A few weeks ago I woke up one morning knowing the day before me held the possibility of a handful of these daunting problems. I immediately felt the all too familiar anxiety and apprehension surrounding what I hoped to accomplish and what needed to be done.

But suddenly I was struck by a very different reality...

The Holy Spirit graciously reminded me of the many instances when I had felt this uncertainty on one day, only to wake the next morning and have the previous day's fears eclipsed by the powerful way God had come through.

God gave me the courage and compassion for the conversation, He provided for my needs, and sustained me through the circumstances I could not control - GOD ALWAYS CAME THROUGH!

Here was the big idea:

Today's insurmountable obstacle is tomorrow's testament to God's grace.

You may wake up this morning feeling like there is no hope, no way you'll make it through the day, no way you can put up with anything more, but by God's grace, you'll wake up tomorrow realizing God's grace carried you over yet another seemingly insurmountable obstacle.  

But don't take my word for it. I pray Psalm 121 would give you much faith in our gracious God who always comes through...

    "I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore." - Psalm 121

     

This post first appeared here on  October 22, 2012.

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