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December 30, 2021 7:05 am
Why does God allow hardships in our lives, rather than things go easy. What's the purpose of those crazy seasons when we feel like our circumstances are just spinning out of control. Sometimes were given momentary relief.
Most times, life is just will difficult today on Insight for living Chuck Swindoll reminds us, God not only knows about our suffering. He's assigned purpose to it as well. Today and again tomorrow will give our complete attention to the inscrutable wisdom of God to title this message, a truth, you dare not dismiss last time we were together we gave thought the title of my message which had to do with a treasure you must not forget. I hope through the week. You have remembered it with the providence of God, how I have a time. He has thought through a plan and put it together in such a way that it all works together for good to those of us who love God and those who are called according to his purpose for our good and for his glory. Today we look at the other side of it and focus more on God himself. As we think about a truth we dare not dismiss that has to do with the sovereignty of God. I know what I use that word.
A few of you cringe. I did for years for over 20 years of my life. I was afraid of the term is I'll tell you about in my message today. I I felt if I really did embrace it. I would lose my zeal for the lost. I would I become more passive and on the contrary, quite the opposite happens so matter-of-fact that began a process in my life of stopping all the worried about the details of life. He has them all covered Alden's plan, all beautifully arranged, including last week don't think things are out of control. Our God reigns. We just can't unscrew the inscrutable.
We can't fathom the unfathomable that's okay. Unfortunately, if you're highly educated that's not okay because you feel the need to explain everything. Little by little, you learn, you can't so you don't try anyway. I don't want to preach to sit will I do want to but I won't preach two sermons today. I'll hold down the one I want you to get little thin ribbon that's in your Bible pull it out and move it over to Daniel chapter 4 Just Pl. it there in the crease over the Old Testament your moment to find that just locate Daniel for her will begin in a little bit and then will come on to Romans 1133 through 36. As we look at this truth, we dare not dismiss having Mark Daniel for let's work together at the last several verses of Romans chapter 11 of begin reading in verse 33 down through 36 stand with me as we read God's word together.
I'll be reading from the new living translation. You follow along in your Bible and will move through these verses very carefully their deep there beyond our comprehension or heartbreak are God's riches and wisdom and knowledge how impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways for who can know the Lord for its who knows enough to give him advice and who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back for everything comes from him and exists by his power, and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever. All glory to him forever and we all together say amen to search the Scriptures with Chuck Swindoll. Be sure to download his searching the Scriptures. Studies by going to inside world war/studies Chuck titled his message a truth, you dare not dismiss my life was forever changed. In the summer of 1961 I was at the time the 26, soon to be 27-year-old student at Dallas seminary, but we were living temporarily in a home owned by a lunar scientist out in the Northern California. He and his family had moved temporarily to West Texas because that particular terrain was most like the moon and he was very much involved in the moonshot that was yet to be taking place we stayed in his home in Los Altos.
I had been invited. I was very grateful to learn to become a part of a small team of pastoral interns at a church in Palo Alto Peninsula Bible church wasn't the church that drew me it was the man who was the leader of the church, a man I had known only from a distance and respected him, a fellow Dallas seminary graduate and one who had distinguished himself as an expositor and a trainer of disciples and I was honored to be invited along with a friend of mine from school only gib Martin, I was going to enter my third of four years and it was already getting ready to enter his fourth year three was an upperclassman.
Gib lived with us, he wasn't married, so I he and Cynthia and I teamed up together in this home in Los Altos right, let us know. After we had begun that there was another young man who would join our team, whom he had met in South America in a ministry he had had down there had been very impressed with this man who, as I recall was in banking but he really had gifts for ministry, especially in the realm of evangelism and Ray had having been taken by him really impressed with his gifts invited him to become a part of the first team of interns that would be there at the church for that summer I was a long representation that the man chose to come. He and his wife Patricia arrived with their newborn twins and we got to know him.
His name was Luis Palau. The three of us at that time were unknown individuals grateful to have the opportunity to learn at the feet of a man who had earned the right to be followed and the thing I loved about Brady that was so unique is that he cared enough to spend time with you. We didn't come simply to watch a man do his work. We came to learn how we did it, and given Luis and I often talked about what a treasure that was really love to toss out theological subjects and in dialogue with us. He didn't do most of the talking. You listen to us we would crawl out on the end of a limb and he would sauce off with a hard set of facts as we had a lot of great times together. You always want to know what concerned us what troubled us. For me it was the sovereignty of God.
And I said so early on he was drawn to that.
I think, and was especially interested in my working through the subject because it meant so much to those in ministry certainly had meant much to him, but he let the Lord do the teaching. He also asked each of us to choose a book to study. I don't remember what given Luis chose, but I chose the book of Daniel. I'd never really looked much into Daniel.
It was one of those Old Testament mysteries to be that included six chapters of pretty amazing biography and in the last six chapters of some amazing prophecy. I thought there's plenty here to dig into.
I hope that there would somehow be some link to my questions about sovereignty, a smile today because of the remarkable way. God had his hand in all of that.
Bear with me. The time in our lives we knew nothing for sure. As I said I was entering my third year, which is the toughest of the four years at the school.
At least it was then I had no idea where we were going might be the mission field might be counseling might be evangelism it could be the pastor, though I doubted that. And I I didn't feel very qualified in many ways so I was anxious to know emphasis on anxious I was facing the in my third year 21 hours and then my second semester, 23 hours. If you can believe it. That's academic suicide but I want to get all I could get. During my time there and included in my studies. That third year rapid Greek reading from Stanley to St. you know Dr. St. this is wonderful, dear man who taught our marathon class. I knew him as a professor Greek and tell seminary whole different guy but a wonderful teacher. Perhaps one of the best I've read recall his course rabid Greek reading because of the way he took us through the Greek text.
I also have Bruce Mulkey and advanced Hebrew that year he had just gotten his second PhD from Harvard and that we were in for quite an amazing semester as we spent our years a member. Dr. Wilkie would hold his Hebrew Bible and what sort of rock back and forth as he would read from it and would sometimes get tears in his eyes. I II read my Hebrew Bible and got tears in my eyes for other reasons as I was sitting in class. It helped me to know that at first I had it upside down so that that was a good and eye-opening experience to to get it right side up. I wasn't a very good husband that either would been married over six years and it was all about me.
I was very important to me and I didn't appreciate the treasurer.
I did and the wife got it given me. We she was carrying our first child so we had the uncertainty of that birth facing us in September of that year, as well as what it would be like to share our lives with a newborn in those days you didn't know what it was good below bore little girl until later on in the pregnancy and by then we realize it would be little boy and our apartment was was really tiny lived in the seminary apartment number nine right next to Mosher library and I'm not saying it was small and it would get to go on the hallway to cross your legs was really little, and though it was little room that was us this post be a bedroom. We turned into the babies room and then the other single room was was going to be our bedroom and dining room and living room and all the other things a tiny little kitchen and a minuscule bathroom and there we would spend the next all four years of our seminary time that I was in Daniel for on a summer morning in Palo Alto study I came across a name I've never heard of but like a misprint that Nebuchadnezzar's Babylonian name for the king of Babylon in our riddle on through the fourth chapter and I read about what a powerful king. He was they had overthrown Israel and brought the exiles back among the exiles was Daniel as Daniel writes the book he writes of Nebuchadnezzar who this fourth chapter is a record of a drinking. He had, you must read it sometime if you haven't before was a troubling dream.
In fact, so troubling that he called in all of his magicians and soothsayers and and the charmers and palm readers and and astrologers and none of them could tell Nebuchadnezzar what the dream meant was in two parts. Someone told him that Delta Shatzer could interpret dreams. That's the Babylonian name given to Daniel and he called in Daniel and verse 24 of chapter 4 of Daniel. I began reading that summer morning in my study words I'd never read before.
Listen closely. This is what the dream means your Majesty, and what the most high has declared will happen to my lord the king. In fact, Daniel has already said I wish this dream had been dreamt by someone of your enemies. It's dreadful. What happens in this dream you will be driven from human society. You will live in the fields with the wild animals you will eat grass like a cow. You will be drenched with the dew of heaven.
Seven periods of time will pass over you while you live this way.
That's the biblical way of saying seven years did you hear that seven years you will be a beast in the field, living like an animal and then the verse ends until you learn that the most high is sovereign over the kingdoms of the world and gives them to whomever he wishes, but the stomp and roots of the tree were left in the ground. This means that you will receive your kingdom back again when you learn that heaven rules twice in the verse we read when you learn until you learn the word learn comes from the Hebrew term that means to recognize more precisely, it means to acknowledge there's a difference in learning and acknowledging when you acknowledge something you accepted you, in fact, embrace it until you embrace God's sovereignty. You live like an animal seven years Nebuchadnezzar until you learn. Verse 27. Talk about courage you can appreciate it because we've not been in Babylon. We've never been in a situation like Daniel but listen to how he talks to this king, king Nebuchadnezzar, please accept my advice, stop sinning. Do what is right. Break from your wicked fast, be merciful to the poor. Perhaps then you will continue to prosper. In other words turn to the God of heaven learn from the warning less you go through this.
You have an opportunity to acknowledge that it is God who is sovereign, not you.
When you read on, you will read of the grace of God. Look at verse 28. All these things that happen to King Nebuchadnezzar. 12 months later for 12 months. The king had time to think about Daniel's warning, Daniel's interpretation of the dream, Daniel's long index finger pointed at his sternum, saying get your life together, turn from your evil ways. Trust in the God of heaven rules over you and all of life and all the kingdoms of this world 12 months later he was taking a walk on the flat roof of the Royal Palace in Babylon. The listen to the arrogance. The pride of a man still enthroned on his own life.
He looked out across the city and said look at this great city of Babylon by my own my my own mighty power.
I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display majestic splendor was no humility there.
There's no acknowledgment of God in it all that it all.
It's all about the K listening to the Bible teaching of Chuck Swindoll. He titled today's message a truth, you dare not dismiss.
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