First Assembly of God

Notes From Pastor Jerry Feb 2017

A little boy who lives up north was eagerly looking forward to the birthday party of his friend who lived only a few blocks away. When the day finally arrived, a fierce blizzard was making driving hazardous. But the boy insisted that didn’t matter – he could walk to his friend’s home. And he could do it all by himself. He didn’t need any help. In fact, he didn’t want any help. He was a big boy now. Still his father hesitated. “But Dad,” he pleaded, “all the other kids will be there. Their parents are letting them go.” Finally, the father replied, “All right, if that’s what you want to do.” Overjoyed, the boy bundled up for the trip & plunged out into the storm. The swirling snow sometimes made it difficult for him to see, & it took him nearly half an hour of trudging through the snow to get there. But finally he was there. He climbed the porch steps and reached up to ring the doorbell. As he did he turned briefly to look back behind him and out of the corner of his eye he saw the form of a receding figure. It was his father who had followed him all the way just to make sure that he arrived safely at his destination.

I like the idea of a father who would allow his son to tackle something difficult on his own, but who at the same time would make sure to be there if he were needed. I think that’s one of the characteristics & evidences of real love.

You know, whether we realize it or not, I’m absolutely convinced that everyone of us needs someone to watch over us, someone who really cares about us, someone who’ll celebrate with us in the great events of our lives, who’ll offer us a shoulder to cry on in seasons of sorrow, & encouraging words when we most need them.

With that in mind, listen to these words of Scripture found in 1 Peter 12:

12: “… the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous & His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil”.

     Psalm 139 says :

“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. …If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. …

God knows us & He loves us! He knows us even better than we know ourselves. And His eyes are upon us! He is aware of the frustration that wearies you, the dreams you have dared to dream even when everyone else doubted, the fears that trouble you, and the joys that fill your heart. He knows your disappointments and the heartaches that have come your way. He knows you! He created you! He loves you!

And in the midst of all that complicates your life – remember this uncomplicated but marvelous truth: “…the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous.” And because they are, be assured that “His ears are attentive to their prayer”. Can you hear the Lord whisper, “Won’t you be my valentine…?