The God Whose Plans Don’t Fit In A Sitcom

On a personal note: Thank you to all for your encouragement, prayers, and overwhelming support of my family as we walk through the recovery and healing process after our barn fire. God is good, all the time.

The God Whose Plans Don’t Fit In A Sitcom by Jason Hardin

I want to share with you a sermon that I watched this morning that I really needed. This sermon is by Jason Hardin, and it is called “The God Whose Plans Don’t Fit in a Sitcom.”

At the end of Jason’s sermon, he spoke of 4 conclusions that we can build our lives upon, and they were a blessing to me for sure.

  1. At pivotal moments in life, the people of God had no idea WHAT God was doing; some times neither will we.
  2. At many points in life, we won’t understand WHY God is allowing certain things to happen.
  3. And yet, the clear testimony of Scripture is that He knows perfectly what He is doing.
  4. Therefore, rather than being anxious about things we cannot change…let’s make sure to seek Him while He may be found.

I would add, I don’t know the what nor the why, but I know the WHO. Like the old song sings, “I don’t know about tomorrow, but I know Who holds my hand.”

Say to those who have an anxious heart

Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you” (Isaiah 35:3-4).

This holiday season, take time and prayerfully consider those around you who may be struggling with anxiety and depression. The holidays are a wonderful time for so many, but there are many others who are in the shadows hurting. For many reasons, this time of year may bring them more heartache than joy. They need a listening ear and an understanding heart.

It may be your co-worker or a neighbor. That person may be in your family. You might be the one right now who is hurting inside. Don’t hurt in silence and darkness. Talk to a friend. If you see someone who is showing signs of anxiety and depression, pray for God’s wisdom in how you can be of encouragement to that person.

Say to those who have an anxious heart

Job was that kind of person for others. Even his “friends” who were rebuking him, recognized what he had done for others.

Behold, you have instructed many, and you have strengthened the weak hands. Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees (Job 4:3-4).

Be a Job for someone this weekend. Strengthen the weak hand. By your words you can uphold the one who is stumbling. The person whose strength is about to fail needs a friend. Don’t get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the shopping, presents, parties, and dinner preparations that you fail to look around for the hurting.

It doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our own holiday season because others are suffering. Sometimes we might feel guilty because we are doing okay while someone else is struggling. This is not about piling on guilt. It is, however, about being actively concerned with those in our circle of influence.

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad (Proverbs 12:25).