When You Don’t Understand By Pastor Lew Pizzala
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Prov. 3:5,6)
It would be nice to live in a world where no one died, no one cried and no one sighed. But the fact of the matter is: we don’t live in an ideal world; we live in a real world. It’s in this real world that we accumulate our disappointments, hurts, nicks and wounds. The problem is when we take our heartache and attach it to our own understanding. Are you trying to figure things out on your own? Have you “shelved” the Bible during these times? Your own thoughts are like “props” that are easily kicked out from underneath you. God’s Word is eternal and forever settled. Here is a liberating thought: “Life is not based on explanations, it is built on promises.” God promises to “never leave you nor forsake you.” Yours is to trust Him. Remember…trust isn’t so much you taking hold of God’s hand as much as it is being so vulnerable to the circumstances of life that you let Him take your hand. He pleases God best, who trusts Him most.
Prayer: “Lord help me to start the new year out depending on you! Enable me to trust that it is you Who is overseeing my story.”
“But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” Luke 18:16, 17
If you want to warm the heart of your heavenly Father, then be careful to maintain a child like faith. It’s been said that: “the strongest faith is found in a child’s heart.” In Luke 18 Jesus calls our attention to the importance of “child like faith” for a couple of reasons. First, because He simply loved children, but second, to serve as a contrast to the religious leaders who let their stubbornness and sophistication stand in the way of, not only themselves, but others trying to make it into the kingdom of heaven. You say: “Isn’t a child someone who is spoiled, needy, clingy and whiney?” They can be, but there is a big difference between being “childlike” and “childish.” Childlike faith shows up in your trust. When the news comes on the radio about a slumping economy, your child just sleeps away in the back seat of the car. Mom and dad will take care of me. Childlike faith shows up in your thoughts. If you could crawl into the mind of a child you would discover it to be a world of dreams, imaginations and creativity. Childlike faith shows up in your talk. “My dad can beat your dad up. My dad is bigger than your dad.” Children make big, bold and brave confessions. There are many ways faith is described in the Bible but perhaps no faith puts a smile on the face of the Father, like a child like faith.
Prayer: “May the characteristics of a child like faith be the portion of my walk with Jesus. Be pleased with my simple belief that you will take care of me today.”
Every child born is born into a different set of circumstances. Listen as Pastor Lew brings to our attention the circumstances surrounding the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Click on sermons in the right hand column to listen.
Some of the hardest experiences in your life may be when someone you love is making bad choices! In this weeks message Pastor Lew gives us three thoughts to consider when dealing with your loved ones. Listen to the message now by clicking on sermons in the right hand column.
A toxic person has the uncanny ability to change the atmosphere of the room when they walk in and everyone feels the fallout. Listen to Pastor Lew’s message on “Handling Toxic People” and learn to deal with difficult people the Jesus way by clicking on sermons in the right hand column.