We talked about the message in the car on the way home and throughout the day yesterday. It was that kind of sermon! I love that kind of sermon. Although each member of the family heard the same sermon at the same time, we each received something a little different from it. Isn’t God amazing?!
The text for the sermon was derived from Matthew 5, Matthew 13, and Acts 17:24-26.
When the pastor read the verses from Acts, it brought back memories from my newly married days. If you have read the ‘blurb’ about me on my blog, you know that I was raised in a Jewish home in the Philadelphia area. You would also know that I moved to a very rural area in my same state when I married a hog farmer. The farm wasn’t moving, so I did. The tiny town in which I now live had one red light, no police force, and absolutely nothing to do. Within the first several weeks, I thought I was going to lose my sanity. To make matters worse, I found out that many of the residents not only were born here, but died here. I questioned their mental faculties. I also started to question God’s purpose and plans for me. As a new Christian, I started reading my Bible, and soon discovered Acts 17. Verse 26 captured my attention.
New International Version (NIV)
26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.
Could it really be true that God placed me here? Where do chance, luck, and coincidence fit in? Do they exist at all?
I started a study of the Bible to determine if I could believe that verse literally. Did God honestly desire that I move to this small rural town? Was I really born to be a part of this specific generation? It ended up to be a very fascinating Bible study. I’ll share more on the impact it has had on me and my family tomorrow.