Speaking from Luke 12:32, the core verse for her sermon, Eirwen said that she is pleased to belong to a small flock, because it shows that this scripture is for us all. We don’t have to belong to a huge Church to be in receipt of God’s promises. Giving examples in scripture from just before this verse, where Jesus says that we should not worry about things, but should seek God’s Kingdom first, and all of our needs will be met, Eirwen draws a conclusion that the main component needed to inherit the Kingdom is to put God first and to take care of the things that He is concerned about.
In order to put this into perspective, Eirwen draws our attention to Saul’s story in 1 Samuel 9: 1-20. Here, Saul is being obedient to his father, and doing the job he is supposed to do. The donkeys were valuable to Saul’s father. They were used for carrying loads, and for work. Thus, they were important. In our lives, we have things that are useful and important to us, and in the midst of the mundane, we can become like Saul, worrying over things, rather than just trusting God and being obedient to Him. We often find that things come out for good, as long as we trust God and are patient. God always has a plan, which He will bring to fruition in His time. If we are obedient, and take care of God’s business, He will take care of ours. We have to believe in God’s word and His faithfulness, and His promise. There is no need for us to question it, because He is faithful.
In Saul’s situation, God has all things in His hands. The donkeys were safe, and Samuel and Saul eat, (showing that God will prepare a table for us) and he is anointed as King. In all of this, God is saying that we must concentrate on Him and not on ourselves. The real question, Eirwen poses, is whether we trust God to do this for us and to take care of all the things we need to have taken care of in our past, present and future, and to give us what will truly satisfy and fulfil us.
Speaking about donkeys, Eirwen explained about the hybridised donkeys, and how they only have 63 chromosomes, which renders them sterile. They are unable to reproduce. This is similar to us, if we have a hybridised faith, keeping one foot in both camps, where we have to constantly check if God has still got our situation in his hands. Quoting an unknown source, Eirwen said “Faith is not speaking into existence what we want, but believing and obeying what he wants”. We have to trust God. We need to be willing to cast ourselves upon Him completely and trust Him to have our back, whatever the circumstances.
Saul started off well, but he didn’t have this kind of faith. We don’t need to have a blind, or unquestioning faith , but an uncompromising faith. The giants in our lives can scare us, and Saul didn’t have that uncompromising faith that enabled him to go up against the giant. David, however, did, and found that he didn’t even need Saul’s armour to protect him, as he trusted God completely.
When Saul is told by God, through Samuel to kill everything in the city after the battle in 1 Samuel 15, Saul decides that what he thought is better than what God said. He decided to sacrifice the cattle to God, and thus lost his anointing, being told that obedience is better than sacrifice.
Eirwen tells us not to alter God’s word because we think it makes more sense or will bring better results, or please more people. This action can sometimes show some initial growth, but there will be no more after that. When we compromise, we lose the power to influence for good and for God.
There are many people in the Bible who had uncompromising faith. Abraham, when he was prepared to sacrifice his only son. Jochabed, who put her baby son in a basket and sent him down the river. Joseph, when he was thrown into a pit, and later imprisoned. David, when he went up against Goliath, Shadrach, Meshack and Abednigo when they refused to worship other Gods. Paul and Silas when they were wrongly accused and imprisoned. These people had an uncompromising faith and God saw this and provided for them, bringing about miracles beyond what they could imagine.
This is when the miracle happens. Family and society are won with uncompromising faith. We are called to be true to the word of God, and we must believe in Him, even when it seems impossible. God took care of these people in the Bible, and he will take care of us, too. He will give us our dreams, but it takes uncompromising faith. In all of our situations, God’s got it covered. The question is, can we trust Him uncompromisingly?
Scriptures: Luke 12:32, 1 Samuel 9: 1-20, 1 Samuel 15.