You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired by and filled with  Truth, encouragement and passion on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the day, after the music fades and our cars leave the parking lot, pieces of the message tend to fade, too; somewhere along the way, we often lose that Sunday feeling. 

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Each Monday, a voice from the pews will give personal perspective to the words we soaked in on Sunday. 

So follow along each Monday as we seek to integrate that Truth into our daily lives; leave your thoughts in the comments below so we can create conversation and encouragement! 

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The Monday After: Sunday, February 10, 2013: In Whom Do You Trust?

By Marcus Wolfe

On the way to church I was listening to Erwin Lutzer of Moody Church present a message centered around Hebrews 11.  Then Joe presented his message on Isaiah 7.  These two messages dovetailed nicely, complementing each other as my soul was challenged about living by faith.  From Hebrews 11:13-15, I was reminded of the great heroes of the faith; but not all received in their lifetime what was promised to them.  Then in verses 35-38 I was reminded that some heroes died not having been rescued, and it is believed one of them was Isaiah; yet they each had tremendous faith.

In Joe’s message he asked:  “What impossible things are going on in your life?” and “Are you trying to get out of them on your own or are you trusting in God?”  In Isaiah 7, Ahaz was determined to do his own thing even after Isaiah had told him of God’s deliverance.  Part of that deliverance was the prophecy of the coming Immanuel from a virgin birth — God’s ultimate deliverance.

So today I am reminded of two important things about faith.  First, just because I have faith does not mean things will turn out rosy, at least from my Earthly “I-don’t-want-pain” perspective. And conversely what I may consider an undesirable outcome is not necessarily a sign of poor faith.

Second, am I trusting in myself, or am I trusting in God?  As I think about it and am reminded from Scripture, even if I do try and handle life and its challenges myself, will my efforts make any difference to the outcome?  The answer seems to be NO, as shown from Isaiah 7.  I am left then realizing I can struggle with issues on my own or I can trust God.  My efforts won’t change the outcome so why not rest in God since He does know the outcome. Even if the outcome isn’t what I want or hope for, isn’t it better to be with God in this than not?

Hasn’t He promised to be with me no matter what and isn’t being with Him the best thing for me?  After this past year, I can say YES!  Being with God in the hard stuff is definitely better than not being with Him.  Several years ago when I lost my job I was not resting in God and, in hindsight, handled the situation rather poorly — dynamite and bridges comes to mind.

This year, as we lost our home, I found myself much more at peace as we moved through the process and trusted God.  The resulting move has even turned out to be a blessing   No, things may not end as we want and we may experience pain and suffering, but even those are far better done with God than without Him.

So what are your impossible things and who are you looking to be your savior?  How will you respond to your impossible situation?

By Matt Redman

“Blessed Be Your Name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed Be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’
Blessed be Your name

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name”

Easier said than done, I know, but it’s worth striving for.

Marcus is married to Jessica and is currently a substitute teacher at Zion Benton Township High School.  They care for any number of guinea pigs (currently two).  In his spare time, Marcus enjoys reading, computer games and shooting.  His ministry passions include working with senior adults and the sick, and growing with other men, as well as helping Jessica with whatever ministries she is involved with at the time.   

One thought on “The Monday After: In Whom Do You Trust? {Marcus}

  1. Marcus, thanks for sharing. I was encouraged by your post and reminded of what a gift it is that God is with us and FOR US in every situation we find ourselves in.

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