How to Walk in a World of Chaos, Part 2: Connect with God's Family
How we do live in a world that seems to be falling apart? Today's message is entitled "Study God's Word" and is the second in a series entitled, "How To Walk Through Chaos."
Part 1 Stick with Jesus- our Savior
Part 2 Study God's Word- our map
Part 3 Connect with God's Church- our family/team
Part 4 Serve one another
Part 5 Share the Good News
How To Walk Through Chaos
Part 2: Trust God’s Word Psalm 119:25-32
We all walk through chaos
Chaos tests our convictions about the meaning of life
I am praying that you and I will trust God’s Word, the Bible, while we walk through chaos
-I also pray that chaos will grow our trust in God’s Word!
Trust God’s Word to provide…
1. Life and strength vs 25, 28
-25 “down in the dust” I am near death, no interest in going on
-The Bible gives life- hope, meaning to current situation
-The psalmist isn’t asking for relief from chaos
He is asking for understanding as he goes through chaos
-28 “weary from grief”- my soul melts/drops, a constant wearing
down from the chaos of life
-God’s Word strengthens us when nothing else can
-promises of a better future
-guarantees of God’s eternal love for all who trust Him
-Mark 14:34 “I am deeply grieved to the point of death”
-Jesus understands our heavy hearts!
2. Correction vs 29
-deceit- lies about self, about how things really are
-God’s Word reveals a fraudulent heart
-how honest are you really with yourself?
-how often do you hide the real you from others?
-God’s Word draws us out, keeps us honest and pure
3. Understanding vs 32
-God’s Word helps us understand how to walk through chaos
-“you broaden my understanding”- again, the goal is to grow
from chaotic experiences (we can’t avoid them anyway!)
How to trust God’s Word
1. Pray- vs 25-32 is a conversation with God about His Word
-The Holy Spirit inspired the psalmist to record this prayer
-Talk with the Author as you read His Word!
-vs 31 “don’t put me to shame”
Romans 10:11 Everyone who believes on him will never be
put to shame
2. Stay Teachable heart vs 27
-“Help me understand”-
-Good communication requires listening for understanding
-Admit to God: I don’t know what I don’t know! Help!
-Remember: Chaos helps us grow up
3. Study carefully vs 26, 27, 29, 30, 31
-26 teach me
-27 help me understand…so I can meditate on your wonders
-God’s Word reveals the character, nature and acts of God
-Trust grows as we our knowledge of God grows
-29 graciously give me your instruction- undeserved help!
-Chaos forces us to drill down, learn fast
-30 I have set your ordinances before me-
-31 I cling to your decrees- same expression from vs 25
- we must be “glued” to God’s Word
4. Obey 30, 32
-30 “I have chosen”- we must choose to trust the Bible
-it is either a history book of good ideas OR
We really believe it is God’s Word given for life and strength
-vs 32 “I pursue the way of your commands”
-I will run: a quick and wholehearted trust in God’s Word
-no hesitation, not slow to obey
How will you trust God’s Word in your chaos?
By Pastor Greg Byman
St Joe Community Church
June 10, 2018
Last week, Pastor Byman talked about our desire for maturity and this week he talks about the fuel for that maturity -- reading God's Word. The believer only knows about God because God mercifully revealed himself through his holy Word, the Bible. Pastor Byman starts in Psalm 119, where David is not grousing through the Word as a duty to fulfill, but a joy to consume, even comparing the Word as a delicious meal.
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