by Steve Wagers

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The Unseen Hand (3 of 4)
Series: In Quest of God's Best
Steve N. Wagers
I Chronicles 4:9-10
February 17, 2008

Sermon Outline
1. The Person He Looks To!
A) The Relationship that is Possessed
B) The Fellowship that is Pursued
2. The Power He Longs For!
A) Demonstrated Power
B) Demanded Power
3. The Presence He Leans On!
A) Personal Participation
B) Continual Cooperation

I recently read this poem:

I got up early one morning
And rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I didn't have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me,
And heavier came each task.
"Why doesn't God help me?" I wondered.
He answered, "You didn't ask."

I wanted to see joy and beauty,
But the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn't show me.
He said, "But you didn't seek."

I tried to come into God's presence;
I used all my keys at the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided,
"My child, you didn't knock."

I woke up early this morning,
And paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
That I had to take time to pray.

One thing that we have learned about this odd and obscure man named Jabez is that he definitely took time to pray. He has "called upon the God of Israel." He has prayed, "Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast." Now, he prays, "That thine hand might be with me."

Bruce Wilkinson shares the following hypothetical situation. "Imagine that you are climbing a mountain that is far beyond your skill level, and you get stuck. Clinging desperately to meager hand holds, you find yourself unable to move forward or backward. Your arms and legs begin to tremble uncontrollably. You don't know how much longer you can hold on. Then, your guide, and expert mountain climber, reaches out and grabs your hand. Your courage is bolstered by his reassurance voice, "It's okay. I've got you. Just grab hold of my hand." Clinging desperately to his hand you reach a secure perch. D ...

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