God is in Control & Knows what will Happen – 4/12/20

Stephen Jacobson

Psalm 16:11 – “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

 

With today being Easter, I am reminded of how Jesus died a horrible death for all of US so that we can find our full confidence in Him. God knows the ending and we can have full assurance through the Gospel that the end is with God defeating DEATH, and we will spend eternity with Him.  

  

Two thoughts from this verse:  

1. God KNOWS what is going to happen to us. God is guiding all of us on a path. As Christians, the battle has already been won. We know that God will cure everything, and that there is no need to fear what happens on this earth. This is because we can have full confidence in knowing that we will spend eternity with Jesus Christ, and he already conquered all diseases on the cross. This is shown in Isaiah 41:10 which writes, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” During this trying time, we can submit ourselves to God and continue to live out His will. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 is a great reminder during this time, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  This shows that God commands us to rejoice in every circumstance. We can have full confidence that God will conquer everything, and we can continually follow his Will in our lives knowing that he makes known to us the path of life.   

 

2. God FILLS us with joy. We receive this joy in our daily pursuit to know God. When I am stressed and overwhelmed by the events of this world; I am reminded of how much I truly need Jesus. Jesus is the source of my joy, which I attain during my time when I am in God’s presence. I receive this joy when I share my burdens with God. Furthermore, I ask God to be my source of life. I experience joy when I do not pursue happiness in things of this world, but rather when I cast my burdens on him and am honest in what my problems and concerns are. Romans 12:12 writes, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faith in prayer.” Jesus gives us joy for we can experience hope in knowing that He will come back, which he promised to us when he died on the cross.  

Prayer Points

 

  1. Pray that you do not fear this world, but instead trust that God is guiding us through this crisis to expand his Kingdom.  
  2. Pray that our church would be effective during this time in spreading the Gospel.  
  3. Pray for our city that God is revealed to them, and that they realize He is the true source of joy.