Sermon: “When the Harvest Comes, and There’s STILL No Fruit … I will trust in You!”
Out of the Depths (Psalm 130) by Bob Kauflin
Out of the depths, O Lord, I cry to You
When I am tempted to despair
Though I might fail to trust Your promises
You never fail to hear my prayer
And if You judged my sin
I’d never stand again
But I see mercy in Your hands
So more than watchmen for the morning
I will wait for You, my God
When my fears come with no warning
In Your Word I’ll put my trust
When the harvest time is over and I still see no fruit
I will wait, I will wait for You
The secret mysteries belong to You
We only know what You reveal
And all my questions that are unresolved
Don’t change the wisdom of Your will
In every trial and loss
My hope is in the cross
Where Your compassions never fail
Quote of the Week:
“Are you troubled about “life”? … (or “circumstances”?) … (or even about Jesus?). Then look more carefully and comprehensively at the very things that have troubled you … (BUT DO SO … IN THE LIGHT OF SCRIPTURE)! See the ‘larger value’ of Jesus’ mission, and your Christian life. Understand that … (before the second coming of Jesus, in glory) … there must be a time of proclaiming the cross with difficulty. Do so, and you will find the mist lifting, and the light increasing, and a larger perspective of the “big picture” will lead you to an answer to all your questions.
If you cannot (perfectly) understand the King’s method right now … at least trust His person! If you are unable, for the moment, to see how He is going to accomplish that upon which your heart is so set as a passion … do not … (as Jesus encouraged John) …
“fall away on account” of what you think you see! Do not be offended! Do not stumble! Do not halt! Simply trust Jesus, completely!
That is always the final word of the King to His followers!: “Trust Me! … Completely”!” − G. Campbell Morgan
“The reason for “getting right” with God … should not be: … so that we could have –
“revival” … or …
“power” … or …
“wealth” … or …
“be used by God” …
or have “this” or “that” “blessing”!
It should be: … so that we could have HIM!! Our “motives” ought to be: … An acknowledgement that sin has caused us to let go of His hand, and, in turn a “cloud” has come between His lovely face and ourselves, and … (at all costs) … we simply want to find Him … (and His fellowship again)!
That … (and only that) … is to be the reason why we should be willing to take the road of repentance! Not for any other primary motive … than that we want HIM! HE is to be our END … our GOAL … our OBJECTIVE! But, too often, idols … (of all kinds and types) … so easily take His place in our hearts!
And … (sometimes) … that is why He allows us to be frustrated and disappointed in our efforts to “achieve” “this” or “that” goal. Until, eventually, He comes to us, and says:
“My child … I never promised you that, if you surrendered, repented, and got right with Me, you would (necessarily) have an eased situation, great power, success in your service, or even revival”!
“What I do promise you is that, if you walk with Me and allow Me to show you your sin as soon as it comes in, and cleanse you from it, you will have not (necessarily) these things … BUT ME”!!
“Make ME your desired End … and you will surely have that End! (And you will be truly satisfied, lacking nothing that is in the will of God for you!).”
The shameful thing is, however, that when the truth of that “comes home” to us … we feel a little “disappointed”! We have to admit it was not HIMSELF we REALLY wanted … but, rather, HIS GIFTS! (And, very often, EVEN “GODLY” “GIFTS” for SELFISH reasons!). (As one hymn puts it: “I yearned for ‘THEM’ … NOT THEE”!!).
Oh! May God grant us the grace, this morning, to repent of our idols! … (and seek our satisfaction … IN HIM)!
And the wonderful thing is: when we are willing to be convicted of the sin of making these other things our “ends(s)” … (and, instead, we simply make Jesus our only end) … God delights to give us … (along with Him) … many of these other things that we seek, and that are good for us! as Romans 8:32 says –
“How will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?!” (Rom 8:32)
DIRECT Application(s) (for discussion in our growth groups):
What is/are my “expectations”? (What is my idea of how the “PLAN” of MY life “should” go?).
(ie: What are my “hopes”, “dreams”, “goals”, and aspirations?)
What would happen when/if those things didn’t work out that way? (Can I (truly) be content in Christ alone?).
Is Jesus (truly) my “end”? (My primary passion and purpose in life)?
A quick “self-test” would be to ask yourself:
Where do I spend most of my time? … money? … thoughts? … conversations?
What do I fear the most?
What do I fear losing the most?
When God, time-in-the-Word, church, prayer and/or any of the things of God, conflict with one of my “other” favorite passions … which one wins?
How can I better fight the temptation to “sinfully shift for myself” … (ie: worry, doubt, fear, lie, stay silent, cheat, steal, skip biblical responsibilities, fall into worldly behaviors, etc.) …(in order to try to avoid the necessary consequences of righteous living)?
(Job 13:15); (Gen 50:20); (Phil 4:12); (Jn 17:5); (Heb 5:8, 9); (Mt 11:1-6); (Mt 3:1-17); (Ps 72:2-9); (Psalm 13); (Mt 11:1-3); (1 Cor 10:13); (1 Peter 1:10-12); (Mt 11:11); (Mt 11:4-6); (Jn 20:30, 31); (Isa 61:1-3); (Isa 61:2);(1 Jn 4:16a); (1 Jn 3:2, 3); (Rom 8:28); (Heb 13:5b, 6); (Heb 13:8); (Mt 14:6-10); (Heb 11:13-16); (Heb 11:25-26); (Heb 11:39, 40, 12:1-3); (Mt 14:1-7)
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