Highland Park Baptist Church

What an Amazing God!

April 27th, 2012 | Posted by bvosler in Dave - (19,650 Comments)

The men of Tuesday morning have been studying the life of Daniel.  From his days as a teenager to his fruitful life as a senior citizen – his life is well deserved study on the amazing faithfulness of God.  When he needed wisdom and power, he called out to the God of Heaven for mercy.  When he provided an interpretation for a dream of the king, he made it clear, that this was the wisdom of his God, not his amazing faith or above-average abilities.  When tossed into the den of lions, at the ripe old age of 80, he never wavered in his dependence upon the King of Heaven.  During his 30 years of life outside of the public eye and identifiable leadership, he stood out as a man with a sterling reputation, consistency, and no-compromise.  Add to that, he maintained a three times a day habit of prayer – giving thanks to God, and seeking His help.  He understood that it was only his amazing God that could sustain and use him.

Daniel himself was not a superstar prophet – just an uncommon guy who actually believed God, fearlessly followed, and exercised a God-centered dependence.

Noted throughout his story are expressions of praise by those he spiritually impacted.  What is noticeably absent is other’s amazement with Daniel.  What is obvious, is that they were awestruck with the God of Daniel.  I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom, people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.  For He is the living God; He endures forever, His kingdom will not be destroyed, His dominion will never end.  Daniel 6:26

Jesus put it this way: Let your light shine before men, that they will see your good deeds, and praise your Father in heaven.  – Matthew 5:16

This is just as it should be.  God at work through us is not about us, but only our amazing God.  We are just the instruments He uses to bring honor and glory to Himself.  He alone is worthy of praise.  It is truly amazing that He can use us – and that He does.    We remain in awe of Him.

-Dave Borror

Road Blocks

April 11th, 2012 | Posted by bvosler in Gordon - (Comments Off on Road Blocks)

Ever run into a road-block in life? By road-block I don’t mean a 6-foot piece of cement in the middle of the road, but something more along the line of losing a job you love, or not finding any job open in your field. Or maybe it’s getting sick and losing days of work without having sick-days left for the year . . . or losing a dear friend or relative . . . or just not being able to make ends meet because prices keep sky-rocketing. And over time the “road-block” drags you down to where discouragement sets in . . . and you lose all perspective in life. There just does not seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel . . . and if there is a beam of light, it is on the front end of a locomotive headed straight for you! Discouragement comes in all shapes and sizes, and it can be relentless in its pursuit to haul us down mentally and spiritually.

Believe it or not, even the Lord Jesus experienced discouragement. Nestled away like a robin’s nest in a majestic maple tree is a passage that speaks of the Lord from a prophetic perspective. Isaiah 49:1-13 is one of five short “Servant” sections that could only be fulfilled by the Savior (see also 42:1-13; 50:4-9; 52:13-53:12; 61:1-3). In 49:1-3 the “Servant” speaks of His task that God has given Him, how he was called by God to His task, equipped by God for His task, and kept by the power of God in His task. But as He sought to fulfill his task there did not seem to be anyone responding to His message (v. 4ab). He complained that His efforts were fruitless, and any survey of the Gospels will reveal how often the Lord was frustrated at the lack of understanding by people, especially his own men (see for instance Mark 4:40-41; 6:49-52; 8:17- 21; Luke 9:37-41; Matt. 23:37-39).

But the beauty of the Isaiah passage leaves us no doubt that the Lord, in the midst of moments of discouragement, always kept his eyes on His Father. The rest of verse 4 lets us see that He handled discouragement by resting in His Father’s evaluation of how well He was faithful to His task after it was finished. He knew that being faithful in spite of no apparent achievement would bring final vindication in the end. He kept looking ahead to what God had for Him. The writer of Hebrews also captures the same faithfulness of the Savior in 12:1-2, as he exhorts us to keep going in faith, even as Jesus did: “. . . fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross . . . .” Notice, the Lord could go through the struggle of the cross (final rejection by all people . . . even his Father!) because “of the joy set before Him”—and that joy was us as He procured our salvation!

When you run into one of life’s “road-blocks” and you see no way out, keep looking to the Lord Jesus and keep being faithful to the task the Lord has set before you. Don’t lose confidence in God’s calling you to be His own and in His keeping you to the end. He is sovereign over road- blocks and He will reward you for your faithfulness.

-Gordon Ainsworth