9 NOV 2014 BULLETIN

THE K L MESSENGER

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THE POWER OF PROVIDENCE

by Gary Henry

God’s “providence” is the fulfilling of His promise to “provide” for His faithful people in all of their needs: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever, amen” (Ephesians 3:20, 21).

In the outworking of His purposes, much of what God does in the world is outside the scope of our knowledge or comprehension. But just as I do not need to know how my cell phone works in order to benefit from its use, we do not need to know the details or the mechanics of God’s providence to be encouraged by His promises. It is enough to know that He is active in the world and that, in the end, all will be well.

This confidence makes a difference in the way we think, obviously, but it should also make a difference in the way we live! Without the assurance that God will “provide,” we would bog down in a sea of uncertainty, helplessness, and fear — but armed with a trust in (a) the goodness of God, and (b) His power to govern the world, we are able to take the simple steps that lie before us each day. Between where we are right now and where we will be in eternity, the path may take many unexpected turns, but it is enough to know that at the end of the path, He is waiting for us, and in the mean-time, He will “provide.”

Our Work In The Lord

All of us are involved in the Lord’s work. Each of us has something to do in the body (1 Corinthians 12.14-20), and we ought to have no higher priority than to serve faithfully in the work that is ours to do, whatever that may be. But most of us are plagued with questions about our individual work in the Lord. Will I be able to do what is expected? What if my abilities are too small to meet the need? What if the responsibility is greater than I can bear? Will the nature of my responsibilities change in the future? All of these questions, and many more, are answered by the promise of God’s providence.

Paul would have had the same questions that we do, but his confidence was exactly what it should have been: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4.13). There will never be a time when we are faced with an impossible task in the Lord’s work. Whatever He expects us to do, that is what He will enable us to do. We may not know how He will do so, and we may not be able to foresee the way in which the help will be provided, but our trust in His providence keeps us working, one day at a time.

Problems

In this world, broken as it is by sin, problems come in many shapes and sizes. It’s probably true that most of us spend most of our time doing things that wouldn’t need to be done in a problem-free world. Some of these problems are trivial (“The hot water heater is leaking”), but many of them are of great consequence (“My son is lost and alienated from God”). We could make a long list of words that describe what we have to deal with: difficulties, troubles, dilemmas, complications, sorrows, pains, heartaches, obstacles, temptations, persecutions, etc. The list is long, and we wouldn’t disagree with Eliphaz, the Temanite, who said that “man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5.7). We have only two basic choices: (1) bury our heads in the sand and pretend the world is in better shape than it is, or (2) deal with the brokenness of the world honestly. But if we choose to deal with it honestly, how can we keep from being overwhelmed with despair? Individually, we don’t have what it would take to solve these problems, and if we’re realistic, we have to admit that the human race is not solving these problems either. For every step forward we take, we create several problems that weren’t there before. All things considered, the world is getting worse.

But, as the song says, “though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.” This is our Father’s world, and He is guiding it toward an ultimate conclusion that will be the fulfillment of His love and wisdom. Even now, He is working toward those purposes as He guides the course of human events providentially. Based on His proven trustworthiness in the past, we trust that what He is doing will overcome the threat of His adversary, Satan, and solve every problem that has ever arisen. If we are found in Christ at the resurrection, we will see-that our personal problems were solved along with the problems of the world around us. This is our confidence and our hope. This is how we face our problems.

Uncertainties

Most of us demand a good deal more “predictability” from life than God ever promised we would have. We want to know what tomorrow will be like, but all that we have is today. As for tomorrow, Jesus said, “Do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6.34).

The thing that we call “worry” is really nothing more than the fear of what might happen. When there is uncertainty, there is fear — fear that what is going to happen might be painful or difficult. But God’s answer to our fears is not to tell us exactly what is going to happen so that we can make human preparations to deal with it. Instead, He promises that He will “provide.” That is, He will work providentially in the world and in our own lives to bring about the very best ultimate outcome. It is our trust in the providence of God that takes the worry out of our uncertainties.

Prayer

All of this should make a difference in the way we pray. As I grow older, I find myself making fewer specific requests of God and more often simply praying that He will help me defer to His wisdom in the accomplishment of His purposes.

As a Father, He certainly wants us to make our heartfelt requests to Him, and it is a wondrous thing that He will sometimes yield to our requests and say, “Alright, My child, I am willing for this situation to end up as you have requested. I grant your wish.” But more often, I am learning to pray; “Father, I might have my preferences about what will happen, but more than that I simply want you to be glorified. I trust Your wisdom and Your power to guide all things to the goal that You desire. My prayer is that You will intervene in the situation that I am praying about, and overrule the sinful designs of your adversary, Satan. I will give thanks for whatever outcome You decide is best.”

If we did not believe in the providential activity of God in the world today, as some do not, petitionary prayer would be pointless. For my part, I trust that God is at work in the world today, even though I know little of what He does or how He does it. This confidence encourages me to keep doing what I can in the Lord’s work, it-helps me put this world’s problems into a larger perspective, it releases me from worrying about the uncertainties of tomorrow, and it makes a huge difference in the way I pray.

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen” (Jude 24, 25).

— In Truth Magazine, March 2014




TODAY’S WORSHIP SERVICE
SpeakerChris Lopez
Interpreter 
Title“God Gave Them Over”
TextRom. 1:24-28


Prayers
Please pray for bro. Simon Lopez (health), bro. Siow See Lim, sis. Doris, sis. Laura Swayne, bro. Guss Eoff (recovery), mother of bro. Bikash (undergoing dialysis), sis. Rajeswari (recovery after angioplasty), Tai Win, Vani, bro. Tony Lye, (health concerns), bro. Ong Eng Boon (heart condition), bro. Victor Gnanam (back pain), bro. Massih Tudu (possible flood in Bihar, India), sis. Constance Chew (working & attending classes in Perth, Australia) and bro. Jeffrey Ong (health & other problems).


Theme
Our theme for November is “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another” (Rom. 12:10).


Singing Workshop
Bro. Simon Wong will be conducting the Singing Workshop after the Bible study and before worship today.


Visitation To Bro. Simon Lopez
Bro. Albert Wong will be coordinating a visit to bro. Simon Lopez at 12.30 pm today. Let us all support this program where we can encourage bro. Simon and also be encouraged in the process. The address is Sinar Aisyah Pusat Jagaan, 2, Jln PJU 8/7E, Desa Temuan, Damansara Perdana, PJ.


Saturday Bible Class
Bro. Chris Lopez will be teaching the book of Romans on 15 Nov 2014.


Guest Speaker/Fellowship Lunch
Bro. Randall Chirng from Klang will be speaking on “Trusting God in Overcoming Challenges” (Prov. 3:5-6) on 16 November 2014. Please join us for Fellowship Lunch.


42nd Commencement Exercise
The Four Seas College of Bible & Missions have extended an invitation to attend their 42nd Commencement Day on 22 November 2014 at 3.00 pm at 120 Boon Lay Drive, Jurong, Singapore.


Directory 2015
Please take time to check your particulars on the list that is pinned on the notice board. This will help to facilitate matters pertaining to getting our new directory ready. Your cooperation will be appreciated.


Condolence
We offer our heartfelt condolences to bro. Rick Cliett and family over the demise of his brother, Kenny Cliett. May God’s comforting hand be with the bereaving family.


Away
Bro. Kingsley is away on a professional course and will be back on 25 November 2014. Also away are sis. Anita Ong and sis. Veronica. Remember them in your prayers.


Thanks
We thank sis. Pooi Lai, sis. Tang, sis. Wai Lin and sis. Anita Ong for visiting sis. Mariyammah on 2 November 2014.


Visitors/Visiting Brethren (Last Week)
We thank Innocent (Nigeria), Vani (bro. Sekhar’s wife), sis. Esther Tan (Taiping), bro. Mervin, Michelle & son, Michael Shane (Melbourne) for worshipping with us last Sunday.

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