What if all else fail?
Stop trusting in man
Doxology Hymn no 331: “Majestry”
Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. (Psalm 43:3)
Grace to you from God our Father, Jesus Christ our Lord and the Holy Spirit our Comforter
Hymn No 305: “We love this place O Lord”
Invocation and the Lord’s Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer
Prayer of Adoration and Confession
Declaration of pardoning
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
(Isaiah 55:1, 6-7)
Hymn No 376: “Restless souls why do you scatter?” (Tune 273)
Offering and Dedication
“God loves the cheerful giver” (2Corinthians 9:7)
Let’s recapture something of what God taught us from Isaiah 2:
8 In his arrogance man wants to cut himself loose from God. He substitutes God with something else in an effort to become his own god.
8 But God will rise up against arrogant man and destroy him and what he put his trust into.
8 Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he? (Isaiah 2:22)
Will everything just continue to rolls into an endless monotonous existence? Can everything just continue to go according to man’s plan? Is it possible that autonomous man can expect to just get what he wants and when he wants it? Is there some better to look forward to? If there is some ahead of us, what is the nature of this future and how will it come about? is there something that God will first of all show those who live in arrogance before Him?
• 8 The day of the Lord
– 8 A day of dread
– 8 Humiliation
– 8 God’s splendour revealed
8 A desire to know his own future: Superstition: They traded with the other nations. God will destroy the trading and friendly contact they had will with surrounding nations. Also, what it symbolizes will be destroyed
A desire to control his own future: Idols: They made their own idols out of the wonderful wood of the cedars of the Lebanon and the oaks of Bashan. God
In 1871, tragedy struck Chicago as fire ravaged the city. When it was all over, 300 people were dead and 100,000 were homeless. Horatio Gates Spafford was one of those who tried to help the people of the city get back on their feet. A lawyer who had invested much of his money into the downtown Chicago real estate, he'd lost a great deal to the fire. And his one son (he had four daughters) had died about the same time. Still, for two years Spafford--who was a friend of evangelist Dwight Moody--assisted the homeless, impoverished, and grief-stricken ruined by the fire.
After about two years of such work, Spafford and his family decided to take a vacation. They were to go to England to join Moody and Ira Sankey on one of their evangelistic crusades, then travel in Europe. Horatio Spafford was delayed by some business, but sent his family on ahead. He would catch up to them on the other side of the Atlantic.
Their ship, the Ville de Havre, never made it. Off Newfoundland, it collided with an English sailing ship, the Loch Earn, and sank within 20 minutes. Though Horatio's wife, Anna, was able to cling to a piece of floating wreckage (one of only 47 survivors among hundreds), their four daughters--Maggie, Tanetta, Annie, and Bessie--were killed. Horatio received a horrible telegram from his wife, only two words long: "saved alone.
Spafford boarded the next available ship to be near his grieving wife, and the two finally met up with Dwight Moody. "It is well," Spafford told him quietly. "The will of God be done."
Though reports vary as to when he did so, Spafford was led during those days of surely overwhelming grief to pen the words to one of the most beautiful hymns we know, beloved by Christians lowly and great.