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January 31, 2022 7:00 am
God is silent still. Dr. Tony Evans is just because we don't see anything obvious happening doesn't mean God is another something good.
God sometimes allows us to go through bondage. Because he's taking this this is the alternative, the other speaker, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative is been said time and time again that God works in mysterious ways, and although that's a well-worn cliché. There happens to be a biblical basis for its truth.
Dr. Evan says when were in the midst of ongoing turmoil. It's pretty easy to become upset with God, and forget that he still at work on our behalf. Let's join him as he explains what to tell you to a little book in the Bible, the book of Becca three chapters of the man's frustrated God that when he opens up verse two of chapter 1. How long will the Lord what I call for help and you will not be anybody ever felt like biblical writers of that God was nowhere to be found in a crisis that he hears what he felt he felt banded by God abandoned by God. The property is one of the ones who God was going to use to script the Bible, and yet he felt abandoned by God. Hello have I got a way for you to hear what I'm saying is God's response in verse five.
Look among the nations observed this one bit because I am doing something in your days, you would not believe that if you were told how Becca is in a crisis mode. In the book. Now there are number of options for you when God is nowhere to be found you confused about what God is doing and you seem to be coming apart or unglued of a couple of options. The flame three. First of all is resignation. You have the option to resign. That is to assume you're destined to be miserable. Life is never going to get better. You always going to be taught from the follow-up and and is this is your lot in life you just resigned. Another option is you can detach yourself. That is not a fun thing to take your mind off how miserable you really create distractions from your trouble. The problem is that that's camouflage because what you your coding Innova but you haven't addressed so affixed to the problem is still there but what you done as you turn on the television. Are you going to entertainment you going to sporting events for you. You've done other things too, distract you up camouflage the reality of the situation that's another thing people do. They resigned to it detach from it then." The man thing is that this bravado to colectomy its pep talk. You could do it you can do what you can do it. I want to call your attention to how Becca's response to his confusion.
You know well the last three verses of the book chapter 3. Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vine.
Though the yield of the olive should fail in the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold, and there be no cattle in the stalls.
Yet, I will exalt us in the Lord. I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength and he has made my feet like kind speed and makes me walk on my high. It makes a decision, I will exalt in the Lord I will, he says, exalt in the Lord.
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. So here's the challenge I want to give to us, me and you and us worship him anyway you like it.
It's been a long time, whether taken so long and why things get worse the better.
He said let me tell you what I'm going to decide to do.
I will sometimes you have to worship by choice don't feel like singing like reading you feel like praying and praising. I don't feel like he said I will. That is a decision God will empower decision but we will do is make it he will empower a decision, but he will make he'll respond to a decision, but he will make it when you look at our lives. We do a lot of things because we decide to this article feel like doing. But we make a decision. This is what I will do in this situation.
If we do it all possible. Doing every move I will go to work. I will leave these as I will going to do.
I am going to rejoice unborn, exalt the Lord, to rejoice in the godmother looks everyday when it doesn't say he doesn't get excited about my circumstances. He's not happy with the circumstances. This guy was about to circumstance. What is going to get excited about is the temple I'm getting excited about God is in control of out-of-control situation. I'm getting excited about a person, not a circumstance. It's a focus issue. He focuses on.net situation. This situation can be just over 60 IQ make it to get to know is been very honest about his situation but he comes up with another. I will. I want to challenge all of us in whatever the circumstance is when God is you feel like you say you to be honest with God knows what you think.
Anyway, it's inconceivable to me that you think you keeping a secret medical say it because God might be upset. He knows what you're not going to say okay but having said, having expressed it as a Becca freely does. Throughout the book. She says I will rejoice get my appraisal here is not not is not total, not just a religious service he's talking about how he's going to function.
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation, he says, is the secret of the secret. The secret of getting joy is rejoicing sick the way you get joy is but see the word is in the work. Joy is every joy same day to get joy. You gotta have the re-admit in joy is in the middle.
If you want to joy have the real name. People enjoy rejoicing joy comes from rejoicing. Joy is not happiness. Happiness is circumstantial, circumstantially driven, he don't have any circumstances that are good negative but he is he is rejoicing in who God is what God is not where he is and what he's going through. She's complaining about that and even keep a secret from God. She says I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. So before you resign before you detach before you come up with false bravado rejoiced, you started your day rejoicing, not for the situation before the gods in his holy temple. What did God do I love this phrase the Lord God is my strength why the Lord God is frankly don't have any of his unraveling he has made my feet like kind speed and makes me walk on my places high speed mountain dear. That's why he talks about high places because the clan today.
The mountain Elizabeth Ames feet mountain dear has to climb up a pipe place a mountain has to do so strategically to do so carefully.
Gotta sidestep things you gotta jump over things and he is climbing up a steep, but the real that they can do it is because of their mountain dear have feet that can adjust to the terrain frankly have a fee that can know for the place that they're trying to get over. We are usually praying for God to change the hot place to make about wanting to get rid of this but some times the way God wants us to address is by climbing, which means you gotta get a foot issue straight which is that I don't have high speed. I got Nancy I don't have a fancy what are you doing reverse: five says he made like fancy.
In other words he gave me maneuverability selected sidestep something. Skip over some things climb up something he said when I got my rejoicing on to the faith. God became a podiatrist and site map into my faith when I have a choice now nothing happened to the place that plays with, but something happened and was able to pick the thing that would not load. Don't know when God's elopement. I know we'll give you the ability to giveaway you on top of the situation. Dr. Evans will explore how God works behind the scenes to move us to a better place when he returns after these words. Life is full of challenges and pillows circumstances and whether it's pandemic is facing health crisis. Crisis family and relationship crisis. Sometimes life can become so so difficult to get up and always got nothing going this is hope.
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Good call that the power of positive thinking is a lot bad is bad. I don't like it I like it. If he feels bad he feels bad from hurt.
Number all I'm saying is, while that is true. That's not all there is. From a spiritual perspective there in pain they're struggling there in anguish. Now, chapter 2, verse 23. Night came about in the course of those many days that the king of Egypt died in the sons of Israel. Her side to side just wasn't working because of the bondage. In other words, they saw on the way out Bayside because of their bondage, and they cried out and there for help so we don't know what that crying for divine assistance bondage force than the cryo- implication until I got this bad.
They were crying out so God heard their groanings and God remembered the covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and God saw the sons of Israel and God took notice of them. When you first read that God where have you been are you on vacation are you asleep.
Can't you see what I am going through with the word here words here he saw and he took notice cannot be disconnected from verse 24 he heard that he find their groanings remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God saw the sons of Israel took notice of the it means he got involved with this situation took notice of them if he paid attention that that's the summary concepts he paid attention. They are deadly serious, but this whole section here hinges on one word is covered. God made an agreement with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and says so agreement many years ago that he would make Abraham a mighty nation, a mighty name and taken to a mighty land.
His covenant was what he promised to do is word about what he was going to do with the situation.
Why does God hear them now. What is it about now.
We told he remembers his covenant when he is what he has already agreed to a bunch of things.
Get ready to have any the risen he let him get miserable. What if he needed them to become uncomfortable until things started going downhill.
Egypt was a bad place to live. Seek as long as Joseph was going to because Joseph knew what was going on. Joseph, you know, making sure that you know people ate his family ate all that Rosa Cagle did no Joseph. Things started sliding downhill so I got bad faith that I cannot ship it got worse with the micron out years. Then he got there with the king – it just got unbearable when it got a barrel of wine he let it get unbearable.
He let it get up bearable because it was time to fulfill his confident in his covenant meant you got a leave Egypt and go to the promised so he made them miserable to make them uncomfortable so they wouldn't want to stay there.
Why because it tells us to fulfill his confident to keep his word sort thing. God is so committed to himself and God is so committed to his word that is making you miserable can help him fulfill his word to you is purpose for you to how long I got to be miserable until you willing to adjust. See, I'm suggesting before. Now they're not ready to leave now.
They readily for crying out. That's why I love the first word of the next verse. The next verse begins. Remember, the Bible is not written a chapter the patients when you read the Bible Of Israelis we could find places quickly. The Bible was written with written chapter divisions just an ongoing script number three out beginning chapter 3. Let's read verse 25 chapter 2 God saw the sons of Israel and God took notice of them now. Now logical thinking. Chapter 3 to know Moses.
Take care flocks. All of a sudden the tree shows up, it will burn. He goes over the sea was going to take off his usual holy ground. Go to Pharaoh's people for when they would plan out over here God is working with Moses over here to connect them to fulfill his company when God remembered his company when they cried out, God started doing something absolutely nothing about right when they cry in our God-given side to hear Gardens bondage chips.I miserable years father was concerned little noted Moses over here tendency God is silent.
Remember when God is silent. He is not still a baby silent.
You don't hear anything acidic doesn't mean his path to doing now Moses is tending his flock. God is leading Moses to prepare him to fulfill the cry of people.
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Once again that's Tony, you have and.org or by phone at 1-800-800-3222 when wedded bliss falls short of happily ever after. The results can range from disappointment to divorce tomorrow. Dr. Evans takes a look at marriage vows from a biblical perspective as he kicks off a series called marriage matters right now though he's back with this final thought for today as he encourages us to take hold of God's comfort is my question.
Is God leaving you in the situation that you can't legitimately get out of because he's trying to take you someplace you are not ready to go. Trying to move you to a new place this miserable being in this place, but he's gotta make it even worse to get your way.
Once you the Scripture we read it we quoted but it's factoring in its practical implication.
My ways are not your ways and my thoughts about your thoughts highest heaven is above the earth.
My ways are not your ways point not even close. God sometimes allows us to go through bondage. To force us to cry out to connect this with his word and is confident because he's taking somewhere the alternative with Dr. Tony at write you possible by the generous contributions listeners like