Our Amazing God

What an amazing God we serve. For our service yesterday at  Three Lakes Community Bible Church, we had the privilege and honor of hearing  from the first missionary our church supported financially. She has now been on  the field for some thirty years, serving in Pakistan and Afghanistan. What a joy  to hear how she has left “footprints for our Shepherd” in some very difficult  places in which to minister. We drove to the Kalispell airport  (100 miles  from Libby) to pick up our missionary. She stayed Friday and Saturday nights  with a family from our church. She needed to be back at the airport at 5 a.m.  Monday morning and we were wondering what would be the best way to get her  there. Someone offered to take her over Sunday evening and get her a motel with  shuttle service to the airport.

Well, unknown  to us, God had it all worked out way ahead of time. Visiting at church Sunday  was Clarke from Alaska who had come to Libby for the funeral of his wife’s  sister. His wife also passed away this past year, as had her dad. Anyway, Clarke  and his sister, Judith, who attends one of our Bible studies, came to church  Sunday.  In visiting with Clarke, I asked when he had to head back to  Alaska and he replied, “Early Monday morning. I have a 6 a.m. flight from  Kalispell!”  “And how are you getting to the airport?” I asked. “A friend  from Libby is taking me.” I introduced Clarke to our missionary and as they  compared notes they found that they were on the same flight to Seattle  where Clarke would head north and she south on connecting flights. I asked  Clarke if he thought they would have room for another passenger to  Kalispell.

So, our  missionary stayed with us Sunday afternoon and evening and at 3:15 this morning  we took her out to the highway to catch her ride to the Glacier International  Airport near Kalispell. Again, it was a privilege and joy to spend some time  with one of God’s very special servants. As we thought about the timing of all  that had to take place for that ride to Kalispell–wow! God is so-o-o  amazing!   Often we tend to start worrying about how we can work  through certain situations in our lives. We forget what a mighty God we serve,  and it is so encouraging when He reminds us by showing us His hand at work. I  was reminded of the song, Your Love Is Amazing by Hazell  Dean:

“Your love is amazing, steady and unchanging

Your  love is a mountain, firm beneath my feet.

Your  love is a mystery, how you gently lift me

When  I am surrounded, Your love carries me.

CHORUS:

“Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallellujah, Your love makes me sing.

Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Your love makes me sing.

“Your love is surprising, I can feel it rising.

All  the joy that’s growing deep inside of me.

Every time I see You, all Your goodness shines through

And  I can feel this God song, rising up in me.

“Yes  You make me sing

Lord, You make me sing, sing, sing

How  You make me sing.”

The Psalmist said,  “In the day of my trouble I shall call to You, for You  will answer me.  Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord; no  deeds can compare with Yours” (Psa. 86:7,8). To Jeremiah the prophet  God promised, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you  great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jer. 33:3).  The  amazing thing is that often long before we cry out to God, He has set into  motion the answer to the prayer for help, as He indicated to Isaiah, saying,  “It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and  while they are still speaking, I will hear” (Isa. 65:24).  The  Apostle Paul, who saw God’s hand at work on many occasions, wrote this to the  believers at Ephesus: “Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly  beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to  Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever  and ever. Amen” (Eph. 3:20,21).   To which we too say, “AMEN!  Thank you, Lord.”

A chorus by Will Downing  also expresses what an amazing God we have. It is entitled God Is So  Amazing.  Here are the lyrics:

“Imagine someone who can change everything in your  life

Someone who can take all your wrongs and make them  right

He carries all your pain and strife

If  you just dedicate your life to Christ.

“Someone who will always be there for you when you’re down

Right  there beside you, Jesus will always be around

He can be all these things for you

You must believe in Christ and see what He’ll  do.

CHORUS:

“God  is so amazing, He is so amazing

Let’s bless Him and praise Him

And show what God has done

He is so amazing, God is so amazing

Let’s bless Him and praise Him

And  show that God is love.

“Someone who will comfort your heart and ease all your  doubts

Somehow  you can know Jesus will always work it out

If  you believe in Him, He’ll always see you through.

“Someone who’s there for you no matter where you  are

A friend when you’re in need, your shining star

A guiding light that helps you make it through your  day

You must believe in him, He’ll always lead the  way.”

What a mighty God we serve!  Thank you, Lord, for caring about the details  of our lives and for answering even before we call, for putting a plan into  motion long before we even know of our need. What’s your need today?  “Cast your care (anxiety)  upon Him, for He cares for you” (I Pet.  5:7).

Forever His,

Pastor Dave

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About Pastor Dave

Until my retirement 2 years ago, I pastored an independent Bible church in Northwest Montana for nearly 38 years. During that time I also helped establish a Christian school, and a Bible Camp. I am married and have children and grandchildren. The Wisdom of the Week devotional is an outgrowth of my desire to share what God is doing in my life and in our world, and to challenge you to be a part.
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