Danny Diliwenava, former sports announcer from California, sometimes related the following story.
One night, Danny invited a young baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers over to his house for dinner. Danny and the ballplayer were sitting in the living room talking while their wives finished putting together dinner in the kitchen. All of a sudden, the young ballplayer’s infant son began crying.
Over her shoulder, the ballplayer’s wife said, “Change the baby.”
The ballplayer was a bit embarrassed and replied, “What do you mean change the baby? I’m a ballplayer, that’s not my line of work.”
The young wife whipped around, placed both hands on her hips, and she communicated!
She said, “Look buster, you lay the diaper out like a diamond, you put second base on home plate, put the baby’s bottom on the pitcher’s mound, hook up first and third, you slide home underneath, and if it starts to rain, the game ain’t called, you start all over again.”
In many ways respects the days in which we live are dark and difficult times — times fomenting with changes and challenges. These are days when we need clear communication from someone who knows not only the questions but likewise the answers. While we face distressing circumstances, we do not need to be discouraged. We are not left alone without a voice. The God of Heaven is still speaking and He speaks to our day and to our times.
God is speaking to the problem of insecurity. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1 NKJV) The Psalmist is saying that our refuge is not in man-made institutions like government or even in military might but in God. Violent changes may come, our tall buildings may tumble into dust and our dreams may be shattered, but our refuge is in God! The voice we just read teaches us that God is existent, He is infinite, and He is present.
Then we notice that God speaks to the problem of insufficiency. “There is a river whose streams shall make glad the City of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her.” (Psalm 46:4-5a NKJV)
We can’t make it on our own strength–but there is a river of God’s presence flowing for us and in His presence we find a provision for fullness. Ephesians 5:18 tells us to “Be filled with the Spirit.” (NKJV) If there is any emptiness on our part, it is not because of any insufficiency on God’s part. God is ready to pour His presence upon us, but often the channels become clogged. Too many of us are running on empty. We are not demonstrating the sufficiency of His grace.
There is also a provision for freshness in God’s presence. Rivers can be a source of joy and great blessing. Are you a vibrant and happy person? You can be. God is speaking to our times, let Him speak to you. And once He speaks be sure to follow His instructions: “For there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
Pastor Mike Shiery
Pilgrim Bible Church
West Pine St. • Cedar Springs • 696-1021