I have just concluded twelve years of being the Pastor at Cedar Hill Baptist Church of Dillsburg, PA. I calculated that I have preached or taught at Cedar Hill over 2500 times. During these years there are several important lessons that have become key lessons that I want to make sure are emphasized. These are the top 10 lessons that I want people who have sat under my teaching to remember. (Note: these are in addition to the foundational truths of Salvation by Grace alone, the verbal inspiration of the Word of God, etc. )
#1 We are to understand WHO God is! When things become difficult and questions arise we so often center on trying to find out Why is this happening? or When will this trial end? or What did I do to deserve this? The Word of God teaches us that the correct question is WHO? Who is in control? Who knows what is going on? Who set the stars in the heavens? Who is ruling and reigning on the throne of eternity? Who? Who is God?
This does not seem like a natural reaction and it is certainly not the question we want to ask. In fact, if we are honest with ourselves, it is not necessarily even the answer we are looking for when things are bad. However, it is the question God wants us to answer. Let’s look at a few Biblical examples:
Job. In the book of Job we see the incredible challenges he is up against as he loses practically everything in one day. He loses his home, his flocks, his children and eventually his health. Job is searching for the answer to Why? Why is this happening? His friends come along to help him answer this question – with their conclusion being that Job must have done something wrong. However, we will notice God’s response beginning in chapter 38.
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
The Lord will go on to build upon the truth of WHO He is throughout chapter 38, 39, 40 and 41. Job responds in chapter 42 and verse number 2 with I know that thou canst do everything…
Mary’s Magnificent. The prayer of Mary recorded in Luke 1:46-56 outlines once again that Mary’s prayer of praise is all about WHO God is!
Solomon’s prayer for the Temple dedication. In Solomon’s prayer recorded in II Chronicles 6:12-42 he repeatedly acknowledges WHO God is.
When the struggles of life begin to rage – we ask the wrong question. The question is not when, why, or how – rather the question is WHO? When we find the answer and acknowledge that the Who is God Almighty – the rest of the questions fade away.