What a goal this is!

“I have set the LORD always before me.  Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.”  Psalm 16:8

As human beings, we are free to set before us whatever we want.  We all have goals.

What a goal this is!  To set the Lord God Almighty before us.  To seek Him.  To know Him.  What a foundation for life.  For today…

If God is a merciful God…?

Why is there evil in the world? Why is there suffering?
If God is a merciful God…?This is not a problem for just the Christian.

Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot;
or He can, but does not want to;
or He cannot and does not want to.
If He wants to, but cannot, He is impotent.
If He can, but does not want to, He is wicked.
But if God both can and wants to abolish evil, then how come evil is in the world?
-Epicurus

The atheist objection is not to morality but to absolute morality. Rather than deriving morality from an external code of divine commandments, atheists think of morality as manmade, something forged through individual and group experience.
Science is supposed to be objective. Factual. But morality is subjective. Opinion. We hear, “Don’t impose your morality on me.” But never “Don’t impose your algebra on me.”

The fact that we are moral beings is what most distinguishes us from the animals. More than language. More than our ability to reason.
“It is hard to believe that animals weigh their own interests against the rights of others, that they develop a vision of the greater good of society, or that they feel lifelong guilt about something that they should not have done.

It makes no sense to say that the earth OUGHT to revolve around the sun, and that it would be unfair if it didn’t.

Morality is relative. If you are confronted by a relativist who insists that all morality is relative, go ahead and punch him in the face. At some point he will protest, That’s not right. You shouldn’t have done that. He is appealing to an unwavering standard.

Touch his hip

As we bring Micah forward this morning, we remind ourselves of who you are, O God. You are the Maker of heaven and earth. Our help, all our help, comes from you. What an amazing thought! What is more amazing, O LORD, is your revelation that you love us and care for us as your children. We are your children, Heavenly Father, by faith in Jesus Christ your Son, who willingly paid the penalty for our sins, and threw open the bright door of Heaven for us. Hallelujah!

Jesus taught us that you know our needs, Heavenly Father, even before we ask. And yet, it brings glory to you when we do ask in childlike faith in your goodness and kindness to us. So we ask you, kind Father, to hear us this morning. Touch his hip in such a miraculous way that the surgery isn’t necessary. Long ago, you touched Jacob’s hip on the mountain, and it was ever after a physical reminder of your sovereign working in his life. Father, you know best of all what a positive, everlasting impact would be made on Micah’s life—on all of our lives—if a physical miracle were to be his today!

Your word declares that “all things work together for good to those who love God and who are called according to his purpose”. We rejoice in this most of all! And should you choose not to heal Micah in a miraculous way this morning, we will trust that your grace will prove more than sufficient for this ordeal. May You, O LORD, receive all the glory! In Jesus name we pray. Amen.