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.”

When I am lifted up from the earth

“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32).

Recently, Nathan Booth presented a sermon here at home about the sovereignty of God. Great sermon. At the beginning, he posed a question on how this topic of the sovereignty of God affects our kids. What does the sovereignty of God, the fact that God reigns supreme in all aspects of our life, have to do with how we raise our children? Nathan then proceeded to move into his lesson about God’s sovereignty.

At the end of the lesson, he took us to John 12:32 when Jesus spoke of His coming death on the cross. “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” Meaning…His cross was the drawing power that would bring all people to Him.

So, Nathan turned that phrase on us as parents and asked, “are we lifting up Jesus at home?” Does Jesus have full sovereignty? In other words, does He reign supreme in our home? How do we expect our children to be “drawn” to Jesus when we do not lift Him and His cross up as the foundation and authority for everything we say and do? Are we as parents pointing our children’s attention to Jesus and His cross? Or are we directing their attention to ourselves, or even worse to the things of this world that do not profit?

Do we lift up Jesus and His cross in our home?

Does Jesus reign supreme in our choices, our plans, and our discussions on what to do and where to go in life?

Do we lift up Jesus in our entertainment choices?

Is Jesus exalted in our clothing? I’m not talking about wearing a shirt with a Bible message on it. I’m talking about are we dressing modestly and honoring Christ in our clothing?

Do we lift up Jesus as the Lord and God in how we talk about His church?

Finally, do our children see that in everything, absolutely everything in our lives, that Jesus is the sovereign Lord?

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father (Colossians 3:17).