Okay is not a biblical word. Sometimes when we say something like, “Don’t worry; it’s okay,” the other person is thinking, “Funny, it doesn’t feel that way.” It does little to comfort the heart.
Sometimes we’re not OK. I’ve had times when, instead, I’ve felt KO’ed, which is fight jargon for “knocked out.”
My own faith in the Lord Jesus has grown through the years, and I’m grateful for the grace to trust Jesus with hardships and heartaches. But sometimes the blows rain down on us like daggers, and we may momentarily wonder if God exists or knows or cares.
Many of the heroes of Scripture had moments of darkness or despair when it seemed that nothing would ever be okay again. Consider Jeremiah’s lamentation, “My eyes fail with tears, my heart is troubled, my bile is poured on the ground” (Lamentations 2:11), or Job’s cry, “Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not perish when I came from the womb?” (Job 3:11).
When life seems to spin out of control, however, we know that God is still in control and that the Most High reigns over our affairs.
From head to foot, the Lord watches over all our ways every day. Dr. A. W. Tozer put it this way: “With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, the wisdom of God to plan it and the power of God to achieve it, what do we lack?”
Yes, according to Romans 8:28, everything will turn out okay for those who love Him. But sometimes we must weep with those who weep before we can tell them that it’s okay.
The real lesson is learning to always say okay to God. In the little book, When the Roof Caves In, Fay Goddard, a missionary with Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF), says that she had just returned to the Philippines following her furlough when she awoke feeling really rotten. With almost no strength, a pounding head, and a strange burning sensation on her lower spine, she was airlifted to Manila and told her she had polio.
Stunned, at 29, she’d been vigorous and strong. Now she was fitted for a wheelchair and told she would be severely handicapped the rest of her life. How did she cope?
She reaffirmed the Savior’s lordship over her life, saying she was willing to be used by Him however He chose.
She read God’s Word. His promises hadn’t changed. The grace was still there for the taking.
Fay visited a fellow missionary who had previously contracted polio in the Philippines, but who exhibited a determined and uplifting attitude.
She realized she could still minister wherever she was. During her 9 months in rehabilitation, she was aware that God had changed her mission field, putting her in the middle of a group of people whose lives had been shattered by accidents, crippling disease . . . teenage boys paralyzed or twisted in auto wrecks . . . .
Later, OMF invited Fay to join the home staff, stuffing envelopes and licking stamps. As life seemed to lose its purpose, the devil attacked her spirit.
But the Lord let her know that if He wanted her to stuff envelopes and lick stamps, that’s what she needed to do.
Fay said, “Okay, Lord” and made up her mind to obey. Within days she was given the job of producing the mission’s magazine, East Asia Millions. More than 20 years later, she’s still editing, doing layout, making it ready for printing . . . and “The joy is still there.”
You may not feel okay, but God is! Trust Him with all your heart, and learn the power of those simple words: Okay, Lord!
The movie character Forrest Gump became famous for saying, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” In its simplicity, that statement is profound in its accuracy. It is true, like a box of chocolates that we open and try the various fillings and flavors to pick a favorite piece; we don’t know what each day of our lives will hold. But as believers in Jesus Christ, we have an assurance that He is with us, and the knowledge that all that is good comes from Him. The Bible says that He opens His hand and satisfies His children with good things (Psalm 104:28).The Way He Came to Us
When the whole human race was terrified by sin, death, judgment, and hell, Jesus left the heights of the heavens to journey to earth for the likes of you and me.
In John’s Gospel, the phrase Jesus used for this journey was to “come down.” He said, “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man…. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me… I am the bread which came down from heaven…. I have come down from heaven….” (John 3:13; 6:38, 41, 42, emphasis mine).
This is the greatest mystery of all time, that God is a Trinity, and that the Second Person of the Trinity should “beam” himself to earth on a sacrificial journey from heaven to earth. He was transported through the womb of a virgin as the sinless Redeemer, completely God and a complete man, for the redemption of the world.A Symbol of Love, The Empathetic Cross
Henry Dunant grew up a well-to-do Swiss Calvinist home, where he watched his parents do one good deed after another, driven by Christian empathy for the needy. His father labored tirelessly to assist orphans and ex-prisoners, and his mother had a burden for the sick and poor.
This was a time of spiritual revival in Switzerland, and Henry grew up feeling compelled to do all he could to serve Christ. As a teenager, he helped organize young men in regular Bible studies and in projects for the poor. He helped found a chapter of the YMCA in Geneva. In college, Dunant was so preoccupied with his mercy ministries that he neglected to study. At age 21, he was forced out of school by poor grades. He found a job, worked hard, established his own business, and prospered.
If you’ve ever been able to help someone in need, then you know the truth of Jesus’ words: “It is better to give than to receive.” Dr. David Jeremiah continues his focus on stewardship by sharing some tools and tips for becoming an enthusiastic giver, so you can enjoy the many blessings that result.All Sermons by Dr. David Jeremiah