29th January 2017: Gaius Douglas

 

This verse forms the basis of the hymn by Dan Moen:

Who is like unto Thee
O Lord among the gods?
Who is like unto Thee
Glorious in holiness
Fearful in praises
Doing wonders
Who is like unto Thee?

Regardless of whatever happens to us, we can rejoice in what Christ has done!

God is very serious. He is loving and kind, but He is serious. Proverbs 30:5, ‘Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.’ Every word of God is pure. There isn’t a word in Scripture that He will take back. The people, even the Pharisees, were amazed at Jesus’ words. Everything He said was directed to the people He spoke to and it was meant, even when He said, ‘You’re a hypocrite! You’re a fool.’ Every person without Christ is a fool, regardless of education. Without Christ they will go to hell. When we come to the Word of God we have to be serious. We have a God who cares, who loves and understands but He doesn’t tolerate foolishness. We are in those days when we have to say what the Word of God says. We have to tell people what God says. He is the creator, the Lord. There is none beside Him. Isaiah chapters 40-45 speaks of God the creator, of His wonderful work. God is able to do all, in you and through you. ‘But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.’ (Isaiah 40:31). You have been saved by grace. He will renew our strength. We will run and not be weary. God gives us our energy.

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 ‘Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, where unto thou art called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.’ (1 Timothy 6:12). Take hold of the Word of God. In God’s name we can do it, He can direct us. He will give us the words to speak. Are you prepared to go? Take Him at His word and go and do it.

In Exodus 14 the people of Israel had left Egypt. The Egyptians realised their slaves had gone. Pharaoh sent his best men and chariots after the Israelites, who heard the clattering and saw the glinting of the steel. They began to get frightened. Behind them were the Egyptians, in front they saw the Red Sea. They were trapped. To go forward would be to go into the water, to go backward was to face destruction. They cried to Moses. who asked the Lord what He was going to do. There are times when the Lord asks us to prays, to plead. ‘I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust, my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.’ (Psalm 18: 1-3).

Moses called upon the Lord and cried to the Lord. There are times, in each of our situations, we go through traumatic times. Some may be greater than others. We may feel trapped; we can’t go back and we can’t see a way forward. Where do we go? ‘But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.’ (Isaiah 40:31). When the Lord makes those promises, He wants us to make those real. Rely on those words and Him. Have that reality in our hearts that He does know, that He does care and He does understand. He will deliver! He has answered, He has provided.

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look to see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin.
Because the sinless Saviour died,
My sinful soul is counted free,
For God, the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

(Before the throne of God).

Take your eyes off the problem and look to Him. Satan desires to rob you of your faith But He is come that we may have life abundantly. Christ saved us for Himself, for His glory, His honour, His praise. One day we will be His delight. He looks down on us and sees Christ. He sees us as redeemed. We can rejoice in that. He has provided – even before we were born.

I’ve found a Friend, oh, such a friend!
He loved me ere I knew Him;
He drew me with the cords of love,
And thus He bound me to Him.
And round my heart still closely twine
Those ties which naught can sever,
For I am His, and He is mine,
Forever and forever.

God has already provided for us. At the appointed time Christ died. We don’t understand it, but enjoy it. Come into the goodness of it, the fullness of it. Christ has already provided and made good. As the hymn says, God will make a way where there seems to be no way.

God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way.

Oh, God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me.

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way.

By a roadway in the wilderness, He’ll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see
Heaven and Earth will fade but His Word will still remain
And He will do something new today.

Oh, God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me.

When you woke up this morning were you wanting something new to happen to you today? He works in ways in ways we cannot see. He will make a way for us. He has done it. He has gone before you, He has been through worse than we have. Do you trust God? Christ bore our shame, burdens and sorrows at Calvary. We don’t need to carry our weight with us, Christ has done it all for us. ‘Surely, He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.’ (Isaiah 53:4).

The Lord is so gracious and kind. ‘The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.’ ((2 Peter 3:9). He is long suffering with us. Christ has already borne our weight. We need to remind ourselves what He has done on Calvary’s cross. We can never enjoy the fullness of salvation if we carry that weight. Live for all Jesus has done for us. We have burdens but Christ has heard our voice. He will deliver. He is our buckler and shield, He is the one who will heal. Turn from yourself and look at Him.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

Let your eyes shift away from the problems and difficulties, give them to Jesus. ‘Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.’ (Hebrews 12:2)

Look to the beauty of Jesus’ face, look into His throne room and see His glory. O the wonder of it all, to think that God loves me! This is what Miriam and the people of Israel rejoiced about. See His beauty. Rejoice in the one who has delivered and brought us through. Rejoice in what He has promised through the Lord Jesus Christ. ‘In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.’ (John 14:2) Rejoice! As He is holy, we too one day will be holy. We have much to rejoice in.

God has brought us here this morning. Have you given thanks for this? He has looked after you. We have all to rejoice in Christ. Give Him thanks, exalt Him, lift up His name in praise and worship in fearfulness.

‘Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11). Luke 12 is a sombre chapter. Christ has won a victory. He is an awesome God. He is doing wonders. Satan can’t take harm us, he can’t take away our salvation (verses 4-5). He can rob us of joy but Satan can never touch our soul.

One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Saviour and my God,
With Christ my Saviour and my God.

The Lord says to Moses, ‘Fear not.’ Sometimes God just wants us to sit still. ‘Then the Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.’ (Exodus 14:14). Just watch Him doing wonders, let Him fight for you. The Lord will take us through all difficulties.

‘Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11). Do you believe it? Take it to heart. He is the way, the truth and the life. He laid down His life. Because He lives, we too shall live. Will you let Him do wonders? Let Him make a way in which there seems to be no way.

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