Posted: April 1, 2016 in thought to ponder
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The gentleman went up the podium. He was going to deliver a message, more so, like a father sharing to a child. Scratch that. It’s like a grandfather talking to his grandchildren. The feel of Moses telling Joshua his last words before going home. This man spent more than two decades in the Philippines as a missionary. Who would have thought a math teacher would one day be used by the Lord to teach theology in the pearl of the Orient seas.

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Graduates, tomorrow you have a new name. Whatever you do tomorrow will reflect the name of your school.

He paused and looked at the crowd. The weight of his words echoed through the banquet hall. This was the last time he would be speaking as a faculty. His words weren’t of a teacher. It was more of a co-laborer in the King’s vineyard.

A name is something very important. Tomorrow, you will be called a graduate of ETCP (Evangelical Theological College of the PHilippines). What name will you leave for ETCP?

With this in mind, there is one thing I want you to remember and two things I want you to do.

While he didn’t want to make this moment sound like a sermon, the pastor in him went into an outline mode. It was just natural for the man of God to do so.

Never forget that God is all powerful. He is able to do anything. There is no problem or issue too difficult for God.

He then turned to Job 26:14. You see, Job is a book of suffering. For this moment, he chose a book that would resonate with the graduates. Five years of hardship. Some of their classmates didn’t make it to graduation. There were days when there was shortage of food, when there was financial problems, when people would ask if this batch would make it.

Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways,
and how small a whisper do we hear of him!
But the thunder of his power who can understand?”

This was a response of a man suffering to his friends who seem not to understand him. Job responded to pain by focusing on who God is. He spoke of God’s power through nature and talked about creation, the waters, the heavens, the seas, and the wind, but all this display of power is but…

the outskirts of his ways.

It is just a small part of His power.

The teacher paused and for a second, it felt like he was looking directly to everyone in the crowd.

Sometimes we forget the implication of God’s power in our lives. If He is all powerful, then I should learn how to trust Him.

The Scriptures talk of God being all powerful. The word “Almighty” appeared 58 times in the Bibe, and 31 times in Job (KJV). Job is reminding us that God is all mighty. Never forget the power of God in your life.

He then moved over the pulpit as he began to unpack the message with a story. His students look forward to hearing his stories. I guess his stories has a way of communicating to the heart.

There was a little girl who went to the supermarket with her father. While walking, the little girl lost her grip on her father’s hand. She looked around and all she saw were people passing by. The shelves were overwhelming and big. She panicked. Tears began to fall off her face. She was lost. Her father came and picked her up and she was comforted.

Did the circumstances around her change? The people were still big for her. Did the supermarket become small? The shelves were still towering for her. The difference was her father.

In the same way, we will have problems in our lives. It is going to be overwhelming and towering but our Father is going to be there. Our circumstances may not change but just like the little girl, it does not matter because our Father will pick us up.

The gentleman went back to the pulpit and shifted to another familiar verse. This time, he mentioned Numbers 23:19.

God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

I want you to learn how to claim the promises of God. Memorize the promises of God so you can stand in the midst of the problem knowing who God is. Claim the promises of God when trouble arises.

The teacher then looked at the graduates. He was searching for them in the sea of faces. He was patient enough to wait for these students as they went into his class, but at this night, the students were cherishing the moment.

Finally, I want you to abandon yourselves to the will of God.

For I know the plans I have for you…

While Jeremiah 29:11 was written for the Israelites, It talked about a God who has a plan. He is God who is all powerful. He knows your needs. His will be done.

Do the parts what you can do. Abandon yourselves to what God wants. There is no place where I want to be except in the center of His (God) will.

Remember that God is all powerful. Memorize the promises. Abandon yourselves in the center of God’s will.

He then went down from the podium.

This man was my teacher, but more than that, I’m glad to be his friend.

Thank you Pastor Chuck.

  1. pruningthetwig says:

    I like that part about remembering. I feel like at times I’m like an Israelite never satisfied, mostly ungrateful and would easily get anxious when the Lord has proven Himself faithful over and over again! I want to start piling up “stones” like the 12 tribes when they crossed the Jordan on dry ground. Thanks for this! It is always a good thing to be reminded of how faithful our mighty God is. Blessings!

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