I warmly welcome you to this edition of the program, Building on the ROCK with Pastor Murphy. This program is designed to empower you achieve your dreams in God through His Word. It is an honour to share the all powerful Word of God with you today. My name is Murphy Okpala. Today I will be discussing the topic: So Many Problems, Where is God? but before we go on with the discussion let’s listen to this lovely song.
Artist: Reuben Studard
Song Title: I Need An Angel
Scripture: James 5:10-11
True Story: The Trials of Heratio Spafford
Heratio Spafford was a successful Christian lawyer living in Chicago during the 18 hundreds. In the space of 3 years from 1871 to 1873, a series of events occurred in his life which led him to write the popular hymn “it is well with my soul” which we still sing today.
In 1871 his only son died. While he was still grieving the death of his son, the great Chicago fire occurred in 1872 and wiped out his estate investments. Then in 1873 he sent his wife and 4 daughters ahead of him on a summer trip to Europe but unfortunately, the ship sunk and his 4 daughters died. The only survivor was his wife. The story went on to say that his law firm was carted away by fire the same year and he lost his house because he could not pay his mortgages.
The most amazing part of this story is Heratio’s response. While he was thinking about what had happened to him in the past 3 years he picked up a pen and wrote “Whatever my Lord, thou has taught me to say, it is well with my soul”.
When I first heard of this story it inspired me greatly! It reinforced my belief in Jesus’ ability to give beauty for ashes. It also reminded me of Job, how God brought comfort to him from all his suffering. That same comfort is available to you also!
FACTSHEET 1: You Can Find God in the midst of Countless Problems
So today on BotROCK with Pastor Murphy I want to speak specifically to you who circumstances of life has pushed to the point that you have concluded that God has forsaken you.
It may be that like Mr. Heratio, a series of negative events have occurred in your life and even though you have prayed, nothing seems to have happened. Or maybe you have drifted into a lifestyle of evil and crime, and now you look back at the things you have done, and you conclude that God has forsaken you. Whatever your situation is, I want to encourage you today because one thing that I am convinced of is that God has not and will never forsake you.
As a matter of fact, He is closer to you now more than ever before.
At a point in time, Isaiah the renowned Prophet narrated an incident when the people of Israel where is a terrible state. They were under massive oppression in exile. They were indeed in a hopeless situation and God, the God of their fathers seemed far from them. But in their distress they cried out and said God has forsaken us. Truthfully, when you look at their circumstances you would be tempted to think the same thing –that God had forsaken them.
This might just be the way you are feeling right now too but for the fact that you are alive listening to me, you can be sure that God has a glorious hope for you even in this life.
In response, God said to the Israelites and He is saying to you today, can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has born? He continued by saying though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hand; your life is always before me (see Isaiah 49:14-16).
FACTSHEET 2: It’s Impossible for God to Forsake You!
You need to understand what God is saying here.
Notice He did not ask if a mother can abandon her nursing child. That is difficult on its own but people do it often. But what God said is that can a mother forget her baby? A mother may abandon her baby but she never forgets the baby, except she has a mental issue.
Now God is saying to you that even though a mother can get herself to forget her baby, He will never forget you or withhold His compassion from you, because He loves you greatly!
[quote]God has indelibly tattooed you on the palms of His hands. He understands what you are going through and how you are feeling[/quote]
That’s why He has engraved you on the palms of His hands. He did not just scribble your name on His hand. He literally tattooed you indelibly on the palms of His hands. This means that He understands what you are going through and how you are feeling. Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus our high priest is touched by the feeling of your weaknesses and he is willing to help you today.
FACTSHEET 3: God Comforts with more than Words!
Let me tell you something I have learnt about God: He is the God of all comfort and the father of mercies, who comforts us in all our troubles.
I have come to learn that the comfort of God is different from the comfort a man can give.
The best a man can do for you is to console you with words and actions based on his limited knowledge and ability. But when God comforts, He does not only console you in the situation you are facing, He also brings out something great from that situation that will wipe out any negative feeling you experienced.
Think about Job. After he endured the harsh circumstances he went through, God comforted him by giving him double of what he had before for his troubles. Similarly, God comforted Joseph’s undue slavery and prison experience by making him prime minister of the greatest economy of his time. Today we are singing it is well with my soul because of the comfort God gave Mr. Heratio for the circumstances he experienced. And that is how God will comfort you if you yield to Him in your moment of desperation.
Be encouraged in this, God has not forsaken you. He said He will never leave or forsake you.
That situation you are facing is an opportunity for you to experience the love, mercy and kindness of God.
The only thing He requires from you is that you trust Him enough to cast all your cares, anxieties and worry on Him. Don’t lose heart, don’t give up hope. God is with you and He loves you greatly. He will take the ashes of your current experience and bring out something beautiful from it. That is His specialty. That is His ministry to you when you depend completely on Him.
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