father worldMarch 22, 2016

Psalm 62:7-12 7“In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. 9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity. 10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them. 11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. 12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work”.

I came across the highlighted verse in my devotional reading a couple of days ago. How timely to consider this truth in light of the current political cycle in these United States. How timely to consider in light of the conflicts taking place around the world as the nations groan under the weight of terroristic activity. How timely to consider in light of the inherent weakness resident in all of us. How many times do we find ourselves without strength or power to overcome our circumstances?

When I was a child in elementary school, I remember getting into the age old argument with fellow classmates about who had the best and the toughest dad. We wanted to brag upon whose father had the most power. Now, I love my dad. He is seventy-seven and still doing well. But my earthly father is beset with the same weaknesses and shortcomings common to all men. I can brag on my dad because he is my earthly father and because of his goodness and kindness to me, but he is limited in what he can do.

But there is a Father I can boast of who truly is without limitation or hindrance in regards to whatever may befall me. Like the Psalmist above, I make my boast in the Lord of my salvation and the rock of my strength, and my hiding place. No matter what happens in this crazy world, I have someone I can run to who will take care of me. Not even death can harm me anymore.

Romans 8:31-35 31”What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

May God help us to make our boast in Him. He is worthy of our praise, admiration, and confidence. Truly, our Father is greater than all and is an ever present help in time of need. Thanks be to our Father who is greater than all so no one is able to pluck us out of His Hands.

Only Because of the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Pastor John Schofield