Mannekamp 2015 – The Final Day

And so we have arrived at the last day of what has been such a blessed weekend. It has been such a blessing to work through the Lord’s prayer, and for me, has been yet another display of how the Word of God can take you deeper and further than any other book can.

Of course, the Bible isn’t just an ordinary book.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.” – Matthew 6:9-13

Does God lead us into temptation? Every time I read these words, I would struggle with them. The Word clearly states that God can not be tempted and neither does he tempt anyone (see James 1:13).

When we discussed this, I could see that it hit a chord with everyone in the group. Delving into the mysteries of God’s sovereignty is something that no one can ever adequately do, because the finite can never fully comprehend the Infinite. Why did God allow Adam and Eve to fall prey to satan’s lies? Why did God allow satan to severely afflict Job, who God Himself said is perfect and upright (Job 1:8)?

Sitting here, asking the same questions that I did before, I struggle to find the words that can explain this. I can only point to Hebrews 11:6…

For without faith, it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to God MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS. and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (emphasis mine)

God is good. Feel how the sun’s rays embrace you. Look at the minute details on a simple leaf. Listen to the symphony of birds, going about the business of their day. Stop, and become conscious of your heartbeat and every breath you take. He is good.

Kneel at the foot of the cross, where the Savior died. Think about how you have broken His laws and how He took the punishment that was meant for you.

Believe that the Father is all He says He is. Believe His Son, Jesus. Weep at the sight of your rebellion against Him. Then rejoice, for your weeping will turn into the joy of the salvation that He has brought to you.

Then you will know that the Kingdom, the power and the glory is His forever, and nothing that befalls you, can shake His throne.

In His service

-GJ

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