Spiritual Living in a Chaotic World

Do You Know Whose You Are?

June 07, 2020 Pastor Dave Tucker Season 4 Episode 1
Spiritual Living in a Chaotic World
Do You Know Whose You Are?
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Spiritual Living in a Chaotic World
Do You Know Whose You Are?
Jun 07, 2020 Season 4 Episode 1
Pastor Dave Tucker

What if the Bible were still being written today? How would our stories read? Dave argues that with every story, we can find God's story woven throughout. 

Based on Psalm 8

Origionally preached at St. Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Bedford, TX

Show Notes Transcript

What if the Bible were still being written today? How would our stories read? Dave argues that with every story, we can find God's story woven throughout. 

Based on Psalm 8

Origionally preached at St. Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Bedford, TX

DO YOU KNOW WHOSE YOU ARE?

    

I remember as a youngster, probably about 8 or 9 years old. I was visiting my grandmother in the West Texas town of Santa Anna. It was Thanksgiving time and I decided that I wanted to go out for a little walk. It was a beautiful day! The air was a bit crisp and I could see my breath as I stepped outside. Things were pretty black and white for me at the time and I reached down with my left hand to hold the hand of Jesus as I started my walk. I got halfway down the block when all of a sudden, out of nowhere three very big and angry looking dogs started chasing after me. I was terrified! I ran as fast as my legs would let me! All the while, my left hand remained clinched beside me! I ran all the way back to my grandmother’s house in record time. I was baffled! I stood on the front porch and looked into to the sky as I asked the question, “What just happened Jesus? Why did you allow those dogs to come chasing after me?!” Then, in my childhood heart, I heard the response. “Did the dogs bite you?” “Well, no… They didn’t, I replied, but they had big teeth, and they chased me all the way home! Scared me half to death!” “But, they didn’t bite you, did they?” Came the response, “Those dogs didn’t bite you because you were holding my hand.”

 

Do you know whose you are? Do you know who you belong to? Have you found your identity as a child of God? Throughout the Bible, we find stories of people just like you and me. We read stories of people, who, like us, struggle with life, and strain our faith to find God through the darkness. In the bible, there is a story of a guy named Jacob, who wrestled with God all night and would not let God go until he was blessed. In the bible, we find another story of a group of people, God’s chosen people, who were slaves in the land of Egypt. Night after night, generation after generation these people cried out to God. And God heard their prayers and sent Moses and Aaron to free God’s people. In the Bible, there is a story of a family whom Jesus dearly loved. One day Lazarus got sick and died. When Lazarus’ sisters saw Jesus coming they ran to meet him. “If you would have been here, Lazarus wouldn’t have died!” And Jesus wept… He commanded the stone to the entrance of the tomb be removed and Lazarus came to life! In the Bible, we read a story of two evangelists, Paul and Silas. They were beaten and arrested for casting out a demon from a slave girl. While in the cold, dark, damp cell, Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns. God caused an earthquake springing these men from jail. Before it was all over, a jailer and his entire family accepted Jesus. 

We can take the bible from cover to cover, we can see a definite theme! Woven through every person’s story we find another story, it’s a story of a loving God who has chosen that individual and longs to bring that person into relationship with God! It is a beautiful love story of a God who is the very breath we breathe. It’s a story of a God who never leaves nor forsakes. 

What is YOUR story? If the Bible was still being written today how would your story read? Think of your life to this point. Think of the good times, the difficult times, the times where you cried, “Where are you God?!” Where can you see God weaving God’s story through your story? It’s there, we just have to make ourselves aware of God’s presence. One good way to become aware of God’s presence in our lives is to journal. I have journaled for quite some time. I typically start each day with at least five things I am grateful for. Then write events from my previous day. I look for, and document times where God’s story weaves through mine. Why journal? So, when the big angry beasts of life come and try to steal my joy, I pull out my journal, read the stories, and remember the times where God showed up! It is through daily gratitude and remembering God’s goodness, and love, and grace, that creates trust that God will show up again!

Let us look again at our scripture reading for today from Psalm 8, O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,

to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars that you have established;

what are human beings that you are mindful of them,

mortals that you care for them? 

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,

and crowned them with glory and honor.

You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;

you have put all things under their feet,

all sheep and oxen,

and also the beasts of the field,

the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,

whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O LORD, our Sovereign,

how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Listen to the words of Jesus in Matthew 10:29-31:Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted.  So, do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

A little over 10 years ago, my family experienced one of the most devastating trials in our life. I got laid off from a good paying job and not to long after that, we lost our cars and finally our home. Like so many others during that time, we were the victims of the housing market collapse. If it weren’t for the loving benevolence of my parents who stepped in and offered for us to stay in a fifth wheel trailer on their property, we would have been homeless! 

There were many sleepless nights for me as I struggled to find God in this mess. I had some real hard questions for God! “Why God, did you allow this to happen to me and my family? Where are you God? It’s so dark, I can’t see you!” Looking back, I realize that not only was God there the entire time, but God also taught me to trust no matter what. I realized that our family grew together stronger than ever. And we discovered the beautiful doctrine of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. God’s beautiful story of God’s love and grace was woven through our story of sorrow. 

         Psalm 18:6, “In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.”