"For the Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye... So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him."
(Deuteronomy 32:9 -10, 12 KJV)
Jacob had many difficulties, often of his own making, as recorded in Genesis chapters 27 to 37. But he was faithful to Our Awesome God, who had chosen him to become the father of His chosen people and protected him and helped him overcome all of his difficulties.
Our Awesome God is also our parent. In order to teach us a necessary truth, He will lead us to the problem and push us into solving it. We forget He is right there watching and, if we ask, He will help us. We may not realize that when we, with His help, have solved the problem, we will possess an inexplicable power and confidence that we can acquire only through doing it with His help.
God may take away your comfortable life and privileges so that you will be a stronger Christian. He may be pushing you to learn how to handle certain difficulties, to realize your strengths and weaknesses in a situation and to remember that, when Our Awesome God puts you in a difficult position, He will be there to rescue you if needed. But some things in life have to be experienced so that you will have a stronger faith in God and the knowledge of what is at least a good way out that honors God.
We often say that we are having difficulties or even that Satan is bothering us but it may just be Our Awesome God making us more mature Christians. He loves us and wants us able to handle most situations, as any father would. He has a purpose and a job for you to do in life as well as in heaven. Are you confident that God and you can handle any difficulty?
If you are not confident that Our Awesome God and you can handle all your difficulties then get ready for more testing. Most of the human race needs many problems to teach him or her to solve problems in God's way: asking our Lord to help. Praise the Lord for difficulties!
Becoming confident and trusting in Our Lord needs to start with your becoming a Christian if you aren't. Then check the Bible to realize all the laws you have broken and that Jesus Christ came to earth as a man to save you from having to pay for breaking those laws. A Christian is just a saved sinner. Become a Christian by repenting of those sins and accepting Our Awesome God's gift of life.
LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with a children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM. (September through May). On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and Bible Study along with a separate Spanish Bible Study until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
"But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up… And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace."
(Daniel 3:18, 20 KJV)
This story of Our Awesome God's chosen people continued while the Israelites were in captivity in Babylon with King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 1:1-3). The king had made a golden image and wanted everyone to bow down and worship it. Those that wouldn't bow down to it were to be thrown into the fiery furnace according to the law he signed. The Chaldean astrologers, jealous of the captive Israelites who had found favor with the king, told him that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would not bow down to the golden image. They had not bowed down to it and they told the king they wouldn't which made the king very angry (Daniel 3:19).
Furious with pride and rage, King Nebuchadnezzar ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than normal. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were bound and cast into the flames. The fiery blast was so hot it killed the soldiers who had escorted them. But as King Nebuchadnezzar peered into the furnace, he marveled at what he saw: "... Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." (Daniel 3:25 KJV) Then the king ordered them out of the furnace and when they did come out they didn't even have the smell of smoke nor was anything burned on them. King Nebuchadnezzar declared their God to be the one true God and that day they got freedom for all within the king's boundaries to worship Our Awesome God.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were three young men determined to worship only the One true God. In the face of death they stood firm, unwilling to compromise their beliefs and faith in God. They had no assurance they would survive the flames, but they stood firm anyway.
Their story in the Bible speaks a strong word of encouragement, especially to young men and women of today. Thank Our Awesome God that they faithfully worshiped Him. How strong is your faith in God?
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Praise/Worship Service. At 6:00 PM Sunday evening, we have a Bible Study with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
Flo & Bill