Sunday, 19 November 2017

God is the same

The church community that I belong to has been studying the Biblical book of Exodus, and in his sermon yesterday our founding pastor, Rev. Peter Sweetman reminded us of what an awesome God we believe in, and how he demonstrated His greatness in delivering His people from bondage to freedom:

God delivered baby Moses from the genocide of Israelite babies and placed him in a position of favour and influence in Pharoah's court.

When it was time for Moses to appeal to Pharaoh to let the people go free, God demonstrated His power over every authority that opposed Him through plagues. When the sorcerers of Pharaoh's court demonstrated their demonically-inspired trickery, God demonstrated His sovereignty  over every demonic force that was unleashed.

God led the people out of Egypt, from bondage to freedom. He made a safe crossing through the waters of  the Red Sea, for hundreds of thousands, if not a million or more people.

Once the Israelites had crossed the Red Sea, God destroyed the pursuing Egyptian army, one of the mightiest forces in the ancient world.

God guided the Israelites through the wilderness giving clear direction with a pillar of cloud by day and a  pillar of fire by night.

God gave them food (manna and quail) and drink, all that they needed to sustain their bodily needs.

God protected them and gave them victory when the Amalekites attacked them.

Every single promise and assurance that God gave to the people, He kept.

Over three thousand years later, God is the same. He is as involved with His people as much as He always has been and always will be. He is the same mighty deliverer, leader, counsellor, provider, defender and protector. He is our Saviour and redeemer through Jesus Christ. He is our comforter and counsellor through the Holy Spirit.
In a world which seems to be increasingly troubled by violence and crime, in which social constructs and ethical values are changing and in which Christian beliefs can be derided and falsely portrayed we know beyond doubt that God is still very much at work and with His people. We know the joy and blessings that a life of belief in God brings.

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God  who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,"

Psalms 119:90  Your  faithfulness endures to all generations;  you have established the earth, and it  stands fast.

Hebrews 13:8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.