“Resting in God’s Will”
September 5, 2021
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
Song of Praise “Who You Say I Am”
Call to Worship Psalm 90:1-2, 17
Song of Praise “Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise”
Confession of Faith Psalm 37:23-24
Song of Praise “Good & Gracious King”
Prayer of Adoration
Greet One Another
Reception of New Members John, Christy, Emory, Robert Davis
Prayer of Intercession
Giving of God’s Tithe and Our Offerings
Song of Preparation “We Will Dwell”
Scripture Reading Proverbs 16:1-9
Sermon “Resting In God’s Will”
Prayer of Commitment
Song of Response “Be Thou My Vision”
Gospel Truth: While mankind’s will wanders, God’s way is wisdom, which leads us to rest in God’s will as we navigate the uncertainties of life.
- Man’s Will to (vv. 1-2, 9)
Main Idea: Mankind as a result of the fall is filled with the desire to act upon our own will rather than aligning our desires with God’s.
Question 27 Heidelberg Catechism –
God’s providence is his almighty and ever present power, 1 whereby, as with his hand, he still upholds heaven and earth and all creatures, 2 and so governs them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, food and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, 3 indeed, all things, come to us not by chance 4 but by his fatherly hand.
C.S. Lewis “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”
2. God’s Way to
Main Idea: When God transforms our hearts, we see the wisdom of his way of salvation.
WCF 5.1 “God, the great Creator of all things, doth uphold, directs, dispose, and governs all creatures, actions, and things, from the greatest even to the least, by his most wise and holy providence.”
Oswald Chambers, ” God’s will is hard only when it comes up against our own stubbornness, then it is as cruel as a ploughshare and as devastating as an earthquake.”
John Stott “The purpose of prayer is emphatically not to bend God’s will to ours, but rather to align our will to his.”
Shakespeare “There is a divinity that shapes our ends, rough hew them how we will.”
3. Resting in the Finished
Main Idea: When we radically align our purposes with God’s, we can rest in the Spirit’s power because God is at work accomplishing his purposes.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer “Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God’s will.”
Amy Carmichael “Joy is not gush. Joy is not mere jolliness. Joy is perfect acquiescence — acceptance, rest-in God’s will, whatever comes.”
“My love is over, its underneath, its inside, its in-between. These times of confusion, in chaos and pain, I’m there in your sorrow, under the weight of your shame. I’m there through your heartache. I’m there in the storm. My love I will keep you, my power alone. I don’t care where you fall, where you have been. I’ll never forsake you, my love never ends. It never ends.” (Times, Tenth Avenue North)