Sunday Sermon Recap - September 4
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 9:12AM
Michaela

Good Wednesday to you.

 

This past Sunday we found the Children of Israel in the desert on their way to the Promised Land (Exodus 17:8-15). Just another day in the desert until……..Well, until the Amalekites showed up. They were not any too pleased that the Children of Israel were on “their” turf. But Amalekite turf was exactly where God wanted the Children of Israel to be. Trouble brewing. The Children of Israel needed help. Moses had a plan. It involved a one-word prayer: “Help!” And an answered prayer miraculously demonstrated the power of our God who is always able and always willing to help. Always.

 

How able is God, you ask? The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 3:20 that God is able to do what we ask. Not just that, but he is able to do all that we ask. Not just that, but he is able to do more than all we ask. Not just that, but he is able to do more than all we ask or imagine. Not just that, but he is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine. How able is God? He is exceedingly able. Always.

 

And God is willing to help. Not to be rude, but if God doesn’t have a caring heart and a listening ear, what’s it matter? But God is willing. He’s willing to hear, to notice, to love, and willing to act. The writers of Scripture say he's willing enough to count the hairs on your head and keep every one of your tears in a bottle. He is willing to hear the groans of his people, willing to suffer like a lovesick father waiting for his prodigal child to come home, and willing enough to become like one of us. This is the doctrine of incarnation, that in Jesus God became flesh, and part of what that means is God learned firsthand what it is like to need help. And because he learned, he is willing to help us. Always.

 

The charge? Let’s not overthink this one. Everyone’s going through something. Let’s not be reluctant or slow to come before our God and say, “Help!”

 

Next Sunday, Pastor David reviews the cost of discipleship as described by Jesus in Luke 14:25-33 and then leads us in the sacrament of Holy Communion.

 

For Pastor David…and me,

 

Grace and peace,

 

Ralph West

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