Sovereign Waymaker and Merciful Shepherd (2nd)

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is

the LORD’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21 NIV)

In the life of faithful Christians, it’s the Lord’s prevailing purpose which will reign supreme.  Are you a God-loving, God-fearing man, woman, or child?   If so, you’ve embarked on a wonderful Walk of Assurance.  

Understanding that the Lord is the linchpin for their joy and peace, the 2nd Pillar is I feel the core Pillar for achieving Christian Assurance.

  • Check out the new Page for this Pillar.   It provides the Biblical scripture upon which this vital part of a Christian’s journey is grounded.   The following THEMES can be found on the 2nd Pillar page:  

Our Sovereign Waymaker – Our Merciful Shepherd

The First, the Last, the Same – The Lord’s Prevailing Purpose

God is Abundantly Able – Our ‘Calling’ God

Our Waymaker

Do you feel that God can ‘make a way out of no way’?   I do.   On my own Christian walk, since Fall 2008, I’ve personally experienced and witnessed ‘Ways’ made for myself and many others. The video above, “Made A Way”, by Bishop Larry Trotter and the Sweet Honey Spirit Combined Choir, expresses musically what the impact of a Waymaker can be.

In Isaiah 55:8-11 and Ephesians 3:20-21, the Bible tells us of God’s extraordinary, sovereign power.   His words do not ‘return to him void’; his ways and thoughts are higher than the ways and thoughts of all others.   Moreover, He can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.   To put it simply, he is a Sovereign Waymaker.

  • Sam Storms, Senior Pastor, Bridgeway Church, states that:

“God in Scripture is said to be omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent has not been, is not, and never will be—under any and all imaginable circumstances—localized, ignorant, or impotent.   What he is, he always is.”

In concluding his thoughtful article, “Does God Ever Change His Mind?”, Storms states:

“God is dependable! Our trust in him is therefore a confident trust, for we know that he will not, indeed cannot, change. His purposes are unfailing, and his promises unassailable.”

Our Shepherd

All Shepherds aren’t Good and Merciful!   I’ll repeat: All Shepherds aren’t Good and Merciful!   The Lord is merciful.   The Lord is a Good and Merciful Shepherd; scripture (Psalm 23:6) tells us: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”    John 10 (New Testament) and the 23rd Psalm (Old Testament) give a very vivid picture of Christ as a Merciful Shepherd.   The tenth chapter of John clearly tells us that not all Shepherd are good.   The mercy of the Lord is enduring (Psalm 136).

Psalm 23:  Like most Christians, I love this Psalm.

A Sunday morning sermon I heard at my Missionary Baptist church, by a visiting minister, is one I will never forget!   As I watched this aging African-American man walk slowly into the pulpit, I recall -to be frank- thinking: “Does Pastor Webster think this man is ready to preach today?  He looks like he’s seen better days!”   Guess what?   This proud man, Rev. J.R. Samuel, preached on the 23rd Psalm in an anointed, fiery manner which touched me deeply!    While he looked weak, God’s grace was sufficient to allow him to preach the word strongly and powerfully.  The esteemed minister preached with the energy of a man half his age!    Our Waymaker is made perfect in our weakest moments.

From “For Thou Art With Me” (The Whispers):

When times are hard I can always count on You
Just as assured as the rising Sun.
And through You I have everything I need
You’ve given me the key.”

SCRIPTURE

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In a nutshell, Christian Assurance begins with the Lord.    He is merciful and sovereign.

  • As a child of God, if you follow the third group of pillars, described in Jan 21st post (Christian Assurance: 9 Pillars to Live By), you will enjoy an Abundant, Peacefully Peaceful life.   The second Pillar covered in this post today reflects the profound importance of embracing the Lord.   
  • Every Kingdom-seeking Christian can ‘do all things’, can have all their ‘wants’ fulfilled, and can expect many joyful things (sought and unsought) to occur – based in the Trust they place in the Lord.

Has God made ‘a way’ in your life this year yet?   If you believe in the 2nd Pillar covered in this post, you can be certain that ways will be made for YOU in 2014!   In the next post in this series, I’ll explore the 6th Pillar – Abundant, Perfectly Peaceful Life.

Grace, mercy, and peace.

Greg Silverthorne

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