Bethlehem Is Debt-Free and God Is Not Perspiring
I love having a God who never says, “Whoahh, give me a break, I’ve been up all night for weeks.” In fact, according to Psalm 121:3, God never sleeps: “He who keeps you will not slumber.” There is a simple reason. Isaiah tells us: “The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired” (Isaiah 40:28). He never sleeps because he’s never tired.
Not that he doesn’t work. On the contrary he works continually on some very big projects. For example, he governs the nations. “Great and marvelous are your works, O Lord God, the Almighty…King of the nations” (Revelation 15:3). He also upholds the universe so that it stays in existence each moment. “He upholds all things by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3). He is also continually involved in managing all the small thinks like which animals die and when the lions are fed. “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father” (Matthew 10:29). “The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their food from God” (Psalm 104:21).
So God works plenty. But he’s never tired, and he never sleeps. In fact, he loves for us to ask him to work more and more. “He works for those who wait for him” (Isaiah 64:4). “Commit your way to the Lord and he will work” (Psalm 37:5). He is out on the prowl, as it were, looking for more work to do for people who trust him. “For the eyes of the Lord run to and from throughout the whole earth, to show his might in behalf of those whose heart is whole toward him” (2 Chronicles 16:9). He seeks people who will let him carry their burdens. “Cast your burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22). “Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
God wants more work because more work means more demonstrations of power and wisdom and love. So we must never belittle him by presuming to relieve him. He cannot be relieved, because he is never taxed, perplexed, worried, or weary. He is inexhaustible in resources. His energy is neverfailing and the things he needs to get the work done he can call forth out of nothing (Romans 4:17).
Therefore, let us call on him for the help in completing the budget giving of this year, just as he worked mightily to complete Freeing the Future. As I write this, the need is about $67,000 per Sunday the rest of this year. That will take enormous commitment in view of the stretch everyone just made in Freeing the Future. Pray that God would flex his muscle and do it again—to glorify his unwearying grace.
As the budget is being built for next year we are asking that those who were giving regularly to Freeing the Future would continue that same regular giving by rolling it into their regular budget giving. If this does not happen, we will not be able to strengthen and expand our mission and ministry the way we have dreamed. May God give us all extraordinary zeal for the mission of this church—to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples. How can we not trust him after what he has done?!
Pressing on to the finish with you,
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