Today I want to take a little departure from my normal blogs. Instead of blogging about the faith of the Founders of America or about steps in serving God, I am going to blog about how great our God is!
I could choose a number of examples. For instance, I could talk about how God has provided for the establishment of a new church in Lehigh Acres, Florida. Pastor Adam Kruse is the founding pastor of Truth Baptist Church. This represents the first ever church plant by Tri-City Baptist of Port Charlotte, Florida. The story of how this all came about is pretty amazing and demonstrates God’s provision and leading. But that’s a story for another day.
There are other examples, but I am most familiar with our story.
Teresa and I have rented our condo for years. But recently the owner decided to sell and we had to leave. We are experienced in moving having moved four times in the last eleven years, which includes our latest move. I am not going to go into specifics at this time since this journey of faith is not quite over.
And a journey of faith it has been! It seems that every time some kind of obstacle would arise, God has already answered it. Sometimes something would happen and before we could go to God in prayer, the need was answered.
That’s pretty amazing from our viewpoint. But to God it is simply Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). Folks, that’s the kind of God we worship. He knows our every need long before the need ever arises and has already provided the solution!
God knew our sin need before He ever created the world. He knew Adam would sin and pass the sin nature down to us. According to Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
But God already had the plan to send Jesus, His only begotten Son, to die for our sins and enable us to live in heaven eternally! He foreknows everything!
Seeing God’s hand at work in other persons’ lives is always a blessing, but it is even more so when His hand is at work in our life. Another example taken from our life took place in 2008. We had visited Florida and saw firsthand what was happening to Teresa’s mother. She was in the first stages of Alzheimer’s and living with her eldest daughter. But that daughter was also dealing with an ill husband who would eventually die of the disease he had.
Teresa and I flew back to Michigan concerned but not knowing what to do. At the time I felt that Florida was a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. But God had other plans.
Our pastor had dealt with his mother’s Alzheimer’s. So he knew a thing or two about it. He’s the one who told us we needed to move to Florida to take care of her. No sooner had he made this suggestion to us than I immediately questioned it. But each question was answered by God. In one instance He answered a question that I never raised.
We ended up coming to Florida and took care of mom until she died in 2013. Through it all God strengthened us and equipped us to handle her deteriorating condition. His help was always timely.
Teresa and I gave up a lot to move to Florida, but God restored all that and more. We discovered that when you trust the Lord He is more than capable of meeting all our needs and many of our wants!
The title of my blogging site is So You Want To Serve. God’s grace and abundant blessing is in itself all the motivation needed to serve Him. I recently taught a Sunday School lesson on Worshiping God. Some of the reasons I gave for worshiping Him were:
- He created the world.
- He created man.
- He loves us.
- He sent Jesus to die for us.
God is so great He deserves our worship. And serving Him is an act of worship!
Are you worshiping God?
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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.