Service - God Saves: You Are Here For A Reason

Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 10:30am

Welcome back Friends!

We are back in the sanctuary this morning.  That means we are using the sound system and that our podcast ministry is back up and running.

This morning our scriptures were Exodus 1-2: 1-10 and Matthew 16-21-28.

Rev Sadekie centered her sermon on the birth of Moses and the struggles of his Mother, Jochebed.

Jochebed was living in a time of political and societal tumult.  In the midst of what seemed to be insurmountable odds, God was present, actively shaping a path for Moses to survive. Because God had a plan for Moses’ life that extended well beyond his childhood.

Moses was born a Levite, destined to be a priest.  He was born during a time that Pharaoh feared that the Hebrews were going to outnumber his people.  Pharaoh had ordered the midwives to drown all of the male Hebrew babies upon birth.  However, God lead the hearts of the midwives and they did not implement Pharaoh’s decree.

Jochebed protected Moses from the dangers in the environment from as long as she could.  But after 3 months she could no longer keep him silent enough to be hidden.  At that point she had to let him go.  In order to keep him safe, while he was away from her, she wove a basket and lined it with plaster, pitch, and tar to make it waterproof.

In the same way, we protect our children in advance of letting them go, we build them up, we ensure that they know who they are, that they can think for themselves, that they know how to make good decisions.

Jochebed put Moses in the basket and let him go; but she had Miriam go and keep watch on him.  She wanted to make certain that he would be okay.

As with Moses and Jochebed, we need to trust that we have taught our children well and that they will walk the path with God.  We have to trust that our love from a growing distance will be enough, and that God will keep them safe.

We have to trust that our children with make friends and encounter people in their lives that will help transform them into better people; just as Pharaoh’s daughter brought to Moses a positive, supportive presence and helped him grow into a strong man who would make good decisions concerning others.

 From this story we learn that 1) the presence of problems does not mean the absence of God, but rather that God is present with us in the midst of troubles.  2) we can’t hide from our problems forever, there comes a time when we must confront them, but to do that we need to fortify ourselves so that we are prepared for whatever the fallout may be.   3) sometimes in order to fully understand our purpose we have to be willing to endure suffering.

Everything that we have faced, endured, and overcome has its purpose.  Sometimes that purpose is not for us but for the sake of somebody else.

If you are here, there is a reason. Don’t give up, give thought to how to make this reason clearer.  We are God’s miracles, we are here to walk the path He has for us, just like Jesus and Moses.