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Finding Security in a Troubled World A

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March 30, 2020 4:00 am

Finding Security in a Troubled World A

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It's all according to his will that everything operates.

That is to say, is absolutely sovereign in the world. He is in control and what he purposes is exactly what comes to pass, and he wants you to know that if you belong to him. It's all working together for your good. He calls it, finding security in a troubled world. Not even know you and I have probably never met.

I know at least one thing about you and that is your life has been affected by the covert, 19 pandemic as we at Grace to you been living through and praying through this crisis are thoughts of turn to questions that you probably also have ones that can be answered only from God's word so let me encourage you to bring your concerns to the special message you're about to hear the Bible speaks clearly and powerfully to the trials were facing right now and I believe you're going to see that today as John shows you what Scripture says about finding security in a troubled world. And here's John MacArthur we're rejoicing in our hearts for the opportunity to open the word of God together.

The Lord has revealed to us enough truth in his word, basically cover any of the issues of life and certainly that includes the one that were all involved in.

As I look back over well now about 51 years of ministry here at Grace Church. I I remember that through the years to basically we have gone book by book chapter by chapter verse by verse. Sometimes word by word. We have worked our way. The entire New Testament gone back to pick up some books for a second time. Basically, in the early years to preach to the Old Testament got as far as spout Psalm 72. If I remember series were doing on Wednesday nights and so basically asked positing the word of God. Verse by verse. But occasionally through the years.

We have also had some very important times in our church when we address the doctrine theological category theological truth in those series have been helpful as well. Occasionally, beyond the normal expository preaching and even those doctrinal series that we have done we have been forced to address sort of rare events. I guess you could say things that so dominate the society that everybody becomes aware of them and I think back to those kinds of times when I stepped into this pulpit and addressed an issue that had somehow become so widespread that I couldn't ignore it. I think the first time that happened was on March 2 in 1988 there was a very famous television evangelist known basically to anybody that a television in those days by the name of Jimmy Swaggart and there was a massive fall that occurred in his life. So much so that it was picked up by all the media, and I remember giving a lesson from the fall of this evangelist lesson around the idea of moral ship wreck was something I couldn't avoid because it was it was so much in the news. It was a couple of years later, on January 20 in 1991 that the United States engaged in the opening of what is known as the Gulf War and people were asking all kinds of questions about how do Christians relate to war. What is the Bible say about war. Should we go to battle, and so I did a brief series on war what the Bible says about war. It was only a year later that here in Los Angeles.

In fact, it was in May on 3 May of 1992 that we had an event that scarred our city for a long time. It was known as the Los Angeles riots. It was of course on the global media as well and I and I needed to address that from a biblical perspective. So I did. We had a message on the biblical perspective what that reveals about mankind. Two years later, it was January 23, 1994 we had a massive earthquake known as the Northridge earthquake and it was important for us because everybody out here felt that shaking to look at that from a biblical perspective as well and remember that the church received a lot of new people coming into the church in the next few weeks after the earthquake because people were so terrified. There was a little bit of time that went by and then it was it was of September and it was September 16 when I stepped into this pulpit in 2001 and give a message on 9/11 on terrorism, jihad and the Bible the 9/11 event happened on the Tuesday and I had to figure it all out a list of biblical perspective and be ready to explain it to our congregation on that following Sunday, September 16, 2001. Now here we are 2020 in our nation is facing something that has circle the globe. The coronavirus epidemic and it has created fear, confusion, doubt, questions everywhere, and we haven't seen the end of it yet. It's still moving at a rapid rate.

We don't know the final outcome of that. Not just the physical outcome of the illness itself, but the implications that have hit everyone from an economic standpoint, and even though 99 point something percent of people who receive this will recover from it. There is still mounting. Fear not just from the illness itself, but from all that's happening around it that is changing people's lives and to be honest with you it's something that you haven't experienced most of you are listening to me won't get this likely the very small number of people and as I said, the vast majority of those recover and yet the implications of this are frightening to people because it's taken life out of their control. Now if you're with us last week. You remember that our Lord said stop worrying about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself.

Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew six. Stop worrying. We talked about that from Matthew six. Stop worrying. Have you forgotten who your father is you belong to the Lord have you forgotten what family are in your not a part of those people in the kingdom of darkness. You're part of the kingdom of God. Remember your future. We talked about that last time you have enough trouble today without projecting trouble that may never come in the future.

We all have enough trouble for the day. We understand that health jobs, money, marriage, children, difficult people. We we understand all the categories that bring us trouble the world can be a difficult place. Isaiah 822 says look to the earth, and behold distress and darkness in the gloom of anguish. We understand that on a more personal level. Solomon writing in Ecclesiastes chapter 2, said I hated life for the work which had been done under the sun was grievous to me because everything is futility and striving after wind because all of a man's days is task is painful and grievous. Even at night. His mind does not rest. That's a man with no media that the man just saying life is vain, Justin my own circle of experience.

Jesus said in John 1633 in the world you will have tribulation. You'll have trouble the word in the Greek is actually pressure the Bible, however, always tells us this, that God is in the trouble God is in the trouble he's not just looking at the trouble. He's not just allowing the trouble he is in the trouble listen to Isaiah 1424 Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, surely, just as I have intended so it has happened and just as I have planned it so it will stand again. Isaiah says in chapter 46. My purpose will be established and I will accomplish all my good pleasure. Truly, I have spoken. Truly I will bring it to pass.

I have planned it, surely I will do it and what is God speaking of everything.

Actually everything in the prophet Amos there is a statement made directly couple of statements made in the third chapter of Amos that I want to read to you.

Amos is a very brief book, but the very rich book. In this particular portion of it is very helpful to us as we think about our current stress. Amos chapter 3 verse six. If the trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble.

If the calamity occurs in the city has not the Lord done it. Some people wanted sort of divested God of responsibility for what goes wrong that's not the right approach. If the calamity occurs in the city has not the Lord done it. The next verse verse seven of a mystery. Surely the Lord God does nothing unless he reveals his secret counsel to his servants the prophets, so God is the one who does things even calamity is done within the framework of the Lord's will and he says he doesn't do those kinds of things unless he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets what that's telling us is that in an age in history recorded in the word of God when when God brought about a calamity.

It was inevitably a judgment and that judgment had a warning and the warning would always come from God to the prophets the prophets would warn the people and then God would bring his judgment where there was a failure to repent. God is not hiding from his own judgments. God will declare his right as the just and holy God to judge sin and iniquity and when judgment comes.

God takes full responsibility for it again.

People want to exonerate God from trouble. As if somehow that made him less than holy and pure when the fact of the matter is his holiness is absolute purity and righteousness demands justice and judgment. The question is not why does God allow these things to happen. The question is why doesn't God allow them to happen more often or even terminally in Lamentations chapter 3 we read in verse 37, who is there who speaks and it comes to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it, is it not from the mouth of the most high, that both good and ill go forth. Why should any living mortal or any man offer complaint in view of his sins. What an amazing statement so you see calamity come to pass it comes to pass, because the Lord commands it is from the mouth of the most high, that both good and ill go forth and why should any living mortal or any man offer complaint in view of his sins. All of us are sinners, we have no right to complain against the holiness of God. We can't complain. We are sinners. There was a book written by Rabbi Kushner years ago called why do bad things happen to good people, and he went chapter after chapter after chapter of trying to discuss why bad things happen to good people in the book could have been very simple.

The title would've been why do bad things happen to good people. You open the book and it should of said one thing, there are no good people there no good people. Why do bad things happen to good people there no good people for all of sin and come short of the glory of God that things will always happen because there are no good people.

We are all sinners now in ancient times. As we read earlier from Amos God would reveal his coming judgment by his prophets, God would reveal his purpose. So, his people would know what was coming and why it was coming that happen many times in Scripture.

But that's not the case in all of God's judgments and it's not the case now, because there are no real profits as Old Testament prophets were there is no new revelation God is not revealing things that is all completed at the end of the book of Revelation in Scripture. So we're looking at the world and were saying things happen, but we don't have the prophets as the Old Testament people did so we can say with Isaiah 4515. Truly you are a God who hides yourself. We don't get a word from heaven now were not hearing from God as to why this is all happening that puts us in an interesting situation that puts us in a place very much like the character in the Bible and that characters Job go back to the book of Job with me for a moment you're going all the way back to the patriarchal period of time with Job all the way back to the time of Genesis is when Job was living, he's introduced to us in the first chapter is a man in the land of uhs blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.

That's the best could ever be said about anyone, which is to say salvation and sanctification were already operating in the patriarchal. And we all know the story they had the great wealth he had large family and all of a sudden everything began to go wrong in his life and he doesn't know why we know why because in chapter 1 and two of Job, Satan comes to God and Satan says to God. Hey, does Job fear God for nothing. In other words, the reason Job fears you. The reason he is righteous.

The reason such a good man. The reason you worship you the way does is because you have blessed him so greatly, but put forth your hand and touch all that he has and he will curse you to your face. Job only worships you serves you because you blessed him take away the blessing he will curse you, so this is a test will a faithful, righteous man, be faithful and righteous when he has everything taken away and the story unfolds from there. God says I'm going to prove the character of saving faith. I'm going to prove the power of life spiritual life.

I'm going to prove the power of sanctification, and so God allows Satan to unleash all kinds of horrors on Job, Job loses everything his friends come around and give them really bad advice and he struggling with all of this he's struggling because he doesn't understand. He doesn't know about the conversation between God and Satan. God is hidden, the conversation is and he does know why it's happening. His friends give them wrong answers they given good theology in a generic sense, but badly applied and irrelevant in his case. Finally, after hearing bad advice and poor insights and condemnation from his friends. That is not legitimate.

God speaks that's in chapter 38 of Job mom and look at that for a moment and what God does. From chapter 38 to 41 is just a barrage of questions that essentially say to Job. You don't even have a right to ask this question. The Lord says who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge not gird up your loins like a man and I'll ask you, and you instruct me. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth. What where were you verse six, when its bases were sunk. Where were you in the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy. Speaking of the Angels most likely at creation.

Where were you when I made the seed, what, where were you when I made clouds verse 12.

Have you ever in your life commanded the morning because the dominant know its place. It just goes on like this for 16 of you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep at the gates of death, been revealed to you. Verse 19 where is the way to the dwelling of light and darkness wears its place. He's asking them questions that say you you not even entitled to know anything who do you think you are to question me this is so far above you.

What I do is so far above you.

It is so infinitely above you. It makes no sense that you would even question me down.

Verse 31 even refers to the fact that God has designed and put in place the constellations any identifies them. Verse 39 he talks about the animals and goes into verse one of chapter 39 talking about more animals talks about animals all the way through chapter 39 chapter 40 verse one will the fault finder contend with the Almighty let him who reproves God answered Joe finally gets a message that says in verse four. I'm insignificant what can I reply to you. I lay my hand on my mouth.

Once I have spoken I will not answer even twice. I will add nothing more. Okay, it's too far beyond me. You.

You couldn't give me an answer that I could even comprehend because not done with him. Chapter 41 he started all over again. Can you draw out Leviathan with the Fisher compressed on his tongue with the cord speaking of great sea monsters and he keeps going with that same approach all the way through chapter 41 and Job.

Finally, in chapter 42 says I know you can do all things and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. What came out of all that you are sovereign you are sovereign, I get it. I don't understand.

I get it. This knowledge is hidden. It's too wonderful for me. I don't know it. I can understand it and he says in verse five of chapter 42. I have heard of you by the hearing of the year.

Now my eye sees you. For the first time I see you in a new way. Therefore, I repent in dust and ashes. Job asked forgiveness for even assuming that he could understand the purposes of God. You need to know Job. Trust me, trust me, I do. I repent. I trust you. Knowing the divine mind in all of its infinite complexities is not possible to us.

The innumerable incalculable infinite complexities and contingencies that function in the mind of God that cause him to do what he does in the way he does and where he does it are far beyond our capacity to grasp God is far too complex for you and he only let you know what you need to know and what you need to know is this that he is marked by compassion, kindness, grace, mercy, forgiveness, fatherly love and care for his own children. That's what you need to know and that's really all you need to know. Trust me, trust me, God says what God wants you to know is he is in charge of absolutely everything that a complex city level that is so vastly beyond your comprehension that explaining it would be useless, but he wants you to know this is all according to his will that everything operates. That is to say he is absolutely sovereign in the world.

He is in control and what he purposes is exactly what comes to pass, and he wants you to know that if you belong to him. It's all working together for your good. And then there's 1/3 thing he wants you to know and that is that in the end it is all for his glory.

He is doing what he wills. What he purposes in everything he is accomplishing your good in everything because he loves you and your is child and he is to receive the glory in the end for all of it. So what I'm trying to do, I guess, in a measure is to put you in the place of Job and let you know that God is hiding in this event, and there are no profits to declare what he's doing. So what are we supposed to do in response to that notice that everything that is happening is in his will that everything that happens is going to turn out for good to those that love him and are called according to his purpose and ultimately for his own glory because all things are by him and for him. Romans 11. He doesn't tell us why he does everything again. It's too complex. He doesn't tell us the future because we can't possibly even handle the present trouble, compounded by knowing though worlds trouble God wants us to notice your mind.

I love you. I sent my son to die for you. You're my child.

Trust me, trust God is in charge of everything is not revealing everything, but he is doing something that is he's teaching us to trust him is teaching us to trust your listening to Grace to you with John MacArthur on Phil Johnson.

We interrupted our regular schedule to bring you today's lesson titled finding security in a troubled world. John preached this message just last week with the current worldwide health crisis in mind and John.

We understand only that even Christians can have moments of worry in the midst of all that's happening in the world today well yeah me. This is a fallen world.

We we not only have to live with the trouble that you know is all around us in our own lives, but because of the media we have to live with everybody else's trouble as well. You know you have all these people who who are panicked about what's going on in the world when, as we saw a recently epidemic of pandemic hits the world. That's kind of an extreme reality of global reality but just life itself is full of trouble. The Bible expressly says that Jesus said in the world you will have trouble. You will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I've overcome the world. There are strengths there are places to stand there is safety. There is security there is hope, there is comfort and there is power for those who turn to the Lord Jesus Christ returned to the living God is their strength in the midst of trouble I say a lot about that in a book called anxious for nothing, everybody's prone to worry about the issues of life materially and spiritually.

Worry is a sin of the Lord commands us not to worry. The book anxious for nothing takes a look at why that is reasonable for believers why it is a command and why it is the way we are to live our lives. We have copies of anxious for nothing, and while supplies last. We would be happy to send you here's the good news. A free copy is the 200 and some odd page book anxious for nothing, it's our gift to you.

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We want to put a free copy of this book in your hands, from the relatively small struggles to something as serious as a worldwide health crisis anxious for nothing helps you take hold of the supernatural peace. Christ provides again for your free book call now 855 race or go to GT why.and if you're able to encourage you to send us your feedback email us at letters@tty.org or if you prefer regular mail right to Grace to you. Box 4000 panorama city, CA 91412 and if you benefited from today's lesson you find it, along with 3500 of the sermons@tty.org. The title once more to look for finding security in a troubled world can download it right now and if you know people who are struggling during these difficult days. Let them know about this message. Send them a link and remind them about tomorrow's radio broadcast. With that in mind, join us for the second half, finding security in a troubled world that's tomorrow when John MacArthur moved back with another 30 minutes of unleashing God's truth one verse at a time on Grace to you


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