NO GOD LIKE OUR GOD Andy Hollifield 12-3-17
Micah 7:18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy.
Psalms 89:8 O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?
2 Chronicles 6:14 And said O Lord God of Israel, there is no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant, and shewest mercy unto thy servants, that walk before thee with all their hearts:
1 Samuel 2:2 There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
These are just a few simple verses that I thought would make good reading before we all went to the house of the Lord our God this morning. It would be good to walk into church actually ready to worship instead of burdened down with the cares of this life. I began to think about some of the stories, prayer request, etc… that have been mentioned in my presence this week. Everything from a young father that has a condition that he cannot have any additional stress and no exertion whatsoever or it could be fatal, to a woman having scans for possible returning cancer. A single mom with a broken down car in fear of losing her job if she isn’t at work to a lady battling cancer and refusing to give up but looking to get a smaller wardrobe because all of her clothes are now too big due to weight loss. A lady with a wayward son and another with a wayward daughter. A man with an injury that hasn’t been able to be repaired even with surgery in the last year that has been in constant pain since the injury. Two families that have lost their mother and a friend that has gotten pretty much out of church. I am sure there are even more that I just can’t remember. I am no doubt, not unique. I am sure that if we all stopped to think about it, we have all heard several prayer requests and tragic stories this week.
You may be wondering why in the world I would list these wonderful, uplifting, verses and then turn around and list all of these prayer objects that need God’s attention. That is exactly why I did it is because they do need God’s attention. That being said; I am thankful that we have a God who is big enough, and powerful enough, and most of all loving enough to take care of every one of them as he sees fit. I read on over in 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” Two of the definitions for the word “cast” are to throw, hurl, or fling and to throw off or away. Jesus didn’t say to bring our cares to him, he said to throw them on him. He also told Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:9 that his grace was sufficient and his strength was made perfect in our weakness. He also said in Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” In Psalms 9:9 the bible says, “The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.” Psalms 46:1 declares that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Isn’t that something? He is a VERY PRESENT help in trouble. The psalmist wrote in Psalms 40:1-4 “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. (2) He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. (3) And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. (4) Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust…”
You may think that I have wasted your time reading because I haven’t given a lot of commentary, but I just felt I would let the scripture speak for itself. To put it plain; we have a God that cares about us that will take all of our cares and needs and is concerned with even the smallest of things that hinder us and occupy our minds. He is all-knowing so you don’t have to wonder if he knows what to do in your case. He is all-powerful so he can not only hear you and know what you need, but is also able to deliver it. He can lift you up from wherever you are. He is faithful even when we don’t deserve it. The word “refuge” is defined as a shelter or protection from danger or trouble. God has always been faithful and as the bible says in Micah 7:18 that God pardons iniquity and delights in mercy.
In Exodus 8, Moses told Pharoah that God would cause him to know that he was God. The reason for the verses and then all the prayer objects and bad situations is because that is what God is capable of. In Mark 9:23 “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” If we can only believe, God can handle every situation. So as you go about your day just keep in mind; he is faithful and delights in mercy. There is not one of the things I mentioned that God can’t handle. There is also not one thing that is weighing on your mind that God can’t handle either. Just trust the Lord and be blessed and know that “there is no God like our God.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!