Saturday Sermon: Put your life in God's hands
By the Rev. Montari Morrison
Jan. 17, 2014 at midnight
Updated Jan. 16, 2014 at 7:17 p.m.
"Just lift your eyes unto the hills from whence cometh your help."
A very common scriptural reference we hear in times of despair and discouragement. The words are saturated with comfort and consolation and can make the lowest of hearts believe that help is just a glance away.
But where? Somewhere in the hills? Which hill? There are many hills in Texas should I seek one of those? With much regret, I must inform you that this Scripture (Psalms 121:1) is widely misinterpreted and misappropriated. So what is the Psalmist trying to relay to us as readers? Simply this, the help is not in the hill but in the hill-maker.
Isn't it many times when even us as believers look to something familiar and tangible, instead of practicing the faith we preach Sunday mornings? We trust materials over the Messiah, people over the Prince of Peace and goods over the one true God.
Why look to creation when you have access to the creator? Would you worry over your car sputtering if you knew the dealership owner personally? Of course not.
Looking to someone or something visible for assistance is always easier than looking to the invisible. It's more assuring and keeps us from the uneasiness of the unknown.
For the believer, our entire existence rests in the hope of what we can't see, a way of life called faith. There is no Christian outside of faith, Ephesians 2:8-9.
Israelites of that day were used to looking to hills/mountains for help. It served as a source of protection, permanence and power. The writer, however, expresses that these same mountains proved insufficient for the current help needed.
It's a lesson many of us have learned the hard way. Money runs out, friends leave, clothes become out of style, and I could go on and on. You get the picture. So when all else has failed us, what do we have left? Without the aid of God himself, we have nothing. He's our real help.
So what do we do? In Philippians 4:6, Paul tells us not worry about anything but approach every situation with prayer. Believe in His ability to solve those issues which are too hard for us.
As pastor, I remind my church many times that His hands are far more valuable than our hands. A tennis ball in my hand isn't worth much, but the same ball in Serena Williams' hand is worth millions.
A golf ball in my hands isn't worth much, but the same ball in Tiger Woods' hand is worth millions.
Your life in your own hands isn't worth much, but the same life in the hands of Jesus is priceless.
I would implore that you put your life in His hands totally. Give Him a chance to show you personally that He's our real help.
The Rev. Montari Morrison is the pastor of Greater Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.