(Part 1) March 15, 2020 Sunday Sermon: Submit in Trust to the Sovereignty of God
By Pastor Robbie Casas
Greetings to my beloved Guiding Light brethren and to those who may find themselves reading this message. Over the next few weeks, I will try to post some of my reflections from Scripture to help shine some light in the otherwise dark times we are in. Do be patient when I am not able to do this every day. But for the next few posts, I will share portions at a time of what I preached last Sunday, March 15, as a way to review God’s message to us.
The present plight that we are all in (COVID-19 crisis), not only in our nation but worldwide, has seriously affected the lives of untold millions.
For those in nations where the virus has infected hundreds or even thousands of people, requiring lockdowns of large areas, the future is, at best, uncertain and at worst, bleak. Many had lost loved ones; others have those fighting for their lives. On the economic end, many companies are already experiencing major financial losses, some having had to layoff employees, others have been forced to close down. Here in the Philippines, the serious situation that seems to be peaking in other countries looks like is just beginning for us. As of this posting, the largest island in our nation, Luzon, has been placed on “enhanced community quarantine”.
It is precisely in the circumstances we are in that we are once more faced with the truth of the sovereignty of God. This is a very familiar truth to us in GLCC, but let’s be honest: it is easier to agree with it than to trust in it – especially when you find yourself right in the middle of a terrible crisis.
YET GOD EXPECTS US TO TRUST HIM IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES - EVEN IN THOSE THAT DON'T SEEM TO SHOW US HIS GOODNESS.
In Psalm 78:19-22 we would read, “19 Then they spoke against God; they said, ‘Can God prepare a table in the wilderness? 20 Behold, He struck the rock so that waters gushed out, and streams were overflowing; Can He give bread also? Will He provide meat for His people?’ 21 Therefore the Lord heard and was full of wrath; and a fire was kindled against Jacob and anger also mounted against Israel, 22 because they did not believe in God and did not trust in His salvation” (emphasis mine).
This was a reference to 2 incidents that happened in the wilderness – at Taberah (Num 11) and at Massah and Meribah (Ex 17), where after God had shown His power through great signs and wonders to His people Israel, they still doubted Him to provide far less than what He had already done. Note how God’s anger burned because of their doubting.
THIS IS BECAUSE NO MATTER WHAT WE GO THROUGH HERE, REGARDLESS OF WHAT GOD ALLOWS, GOD AND HIS TRUTH REMAIN UNCHANGING. In Malachi 3:6a God declared, “For I, the LORD, do not change….” In Ps 102:27, the psalmist prayed, “But You are the same, and Your years will not come to an end.”
What a precious reminder to us all in a situation characterized by uncertainty and change that we find ourselves in: God’s character doesn’t change, His truths are eternal, His purposes remain fixed. This makes our Lord the most dependable and trustworthy pillar we can ever rest upon, not only during these times but for always!
Beloved, stop for a moment and take a breath. Ponder these few words for a while, and let your soul now rest in the Almighty.