Pastor Joel's message this morning may have affected me more than any other during the time I've attended Lakewood. It just encouraged me. The right message at the right time of this season of my life.
He shared a couple scriptures out of Psalm 78 and discussed how we serve a limitless God that we can actually limit by not keeping our thinking in line with His word.
That chapter discusses the movement of God's people in the desert, and specifically how God became displeased with His people for not believing He could deliver them during that period.
"They spoke against God, saying, 'Can God spread a table in the desert? When he struck a rock, water gushed out, and streams flowed abundantly. But can he also give us food? Can he supply meat for his people?'
"When the Lord heard them, he was very angry; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel, for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance" (Psalm 78: 19-22).
It's interesting. If you look at Jesus and what made Him most frustrated with the disciples, it was usually a lack of faith. Same picture here. We serve a God that obviously finds a lack of faith offensive. Without faith it is impossible to please God.
"They did not remember his power...the day he performed miraculous signs in Egypt..." (Psalm 78: 42, 43).
Friends, I think we'd do best by just trusting God no matter what we face! He is faithful!
We are surrounded by His favor as with a shield (Psalm 5:12).