Not Disappointed by JON HUIZENGA River Rock Church “…in you they trusted and were not disappointed,” Psalm 22:5. Hello, fellow Rockfordian. Here is something for you to think about: People who went before you trusted in God and they were not disappointed. Is there anyone else about whom you can say that? …government? …business? …family? …school? …spouse? …any individual? …any organization? I thank God for every person and organization in whom I have trusted and not been disappointed. My wife and I just traveled to Africa. We trusted airlines and taxi drivers and bottled water, and we were not disappointed. We do business with Rockford businesses, and we are not disappointed. But it is inevitable that someone you trust will let you down. That is why you learn to celebrate and recommend the trustworthy ones. I point you to the only one I know who has an unblemished record of trustworthiness. And don’t take just my word. Generations of people before you discovered the same. Place your trust in God and you will not be disappointed. About what do you need to trust God? Two related ideas: 1. On Labor Day weekend, thank God for all those workers you rely on who do trustworthy work. It is a godly way to be in a world that needs trustworthiness. 2. Your community churches exist to help you connect to this God who will not disappoint you. If you are not actively involved in one, ask around, select a few options, and visit them. Then pick one and get involved. A trustable God is waiting for you.
God meets you at the bottom by JON HUIZENGA River Rock Church Jesus begins his famous “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7) with the words, “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Next comes “Blessed are those who mourn”, then “blessed are the meek”, and then “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness”. All four of these opening “blesseds” are for people who don’t have the resources to make it happen. They don’t have the ability or power to make life work. They need help. Jesus points out that God stands with them. We would never say these are blessed from our culture’s perspective. We would say, “blessed are the celebrities” (for they get to walk the red carpet), or “blessed are the wealthy” (for they eat regularly at fancy restaurants), or “blessed are the healthy” (for they have killer abs). Let’s be honest. If you don’t have the resources to make it happen, we don’t think you are blessed. So why does Jesus say they are blessed? Because, there is blessing in being at the end of yourself. In fact, from Jesus’ perspective, the person who is not blessed is the person who says,” Thanks, but no thanks, God. I’ve got it covered. I can handle it.” Are you feeling like you have come to the end of your ability or resources? Then God has you just where he wants you. You are ready to ask him for help. In fact, you might have a bunch of money and still be in that end-of-your-resources position. We are ready to cry out to God when we realize we can’t do it without him. God meets us at the bottom. As the Bible says, “But God demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Want to talk about it? Feel free to email me – email@example.com God meets you at the bottom by JON HUIZENGA River Rock Church Jesus begins his famous “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7) with the words, “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Next comes “Blessed are those who mourn”, then “blessed are the meek”, and then […]