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We Need God

March 16, 2011

 

We need God.

 You need God. I need God. We need God. If you read the Old Testament and the story of God’s people, it becomes clear that we have a lot in common. God blessed them, provided for them, called them, guided them, helped them, and protected them. How did they respond to God’s greatness, goodness, and grace? They rebelled against Him. They wanted what we think we want….to live life our way.

 We need God.

 Living life our way is always a foolish mistake. It devalues life and makes it pointless. After all, if I live life for me how significant could that really be? If that was not a reasonable enough conclusion then let’s think a little more. In times of earthquakes, tsunami’s, nuclear meltdowns, recessions, war, and drug violence where do you turn if it is all about you? Maybe we should be a little more personal, where do you turn when your marriage struggles, when your job ends, when the kids rebel, when it is cancer?

 We need God.

 As we approach Easter we are reminded that God recognized our need of Him. He also knew that we would think differently. He knew that we would rebel, sin, and try to live life our way. But out of His amazing grace He sent Jesus so that we could be forgiven and be connected to Him. God recognized our need and He met our need with His son.

 We need God.

 A Japanese lady in our church, who along with her husband are missionaries in Japan and are supported by our church, was in worship this past Sunday because of an unexpected family funeral. Thank goodness they have Jesus in their life for this difficult time. I asked her to pray for her country in our service and in her brokenness she read Psalm 46.

  1 God is our refuge and strength,
   an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
   and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
   and the mountains quake with their surging. 
 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
   the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
   God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
   he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 

 7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 We need God.