This past weekend, the wife, Micah and I, along with the best of the best of our college group headed up to Hume Lake once again for their college retreat, “Colloquium”. This camp was a much more relaxed version of Hume. It only really spanned 48 hours, starting on Saturday afternoon to Monday at noon. But we headed up on Friday morning so we could have a little more time to hang out and miss the Labor Day traffic.
On the Saturday, we helped out at the Hume Lake Fair. They had a bunch of food booths, along with an auction, and a bunch of stuff I wouldn’t want for sale. They did have a tent with kids games, but as far as fairs go, it was pretty disappointing. That is unless 5 gallon buckets for $4 and old fashion tools floats your boat.
I ended up working the “Corn Dog” booth. When we got there, we hear rumors of massive dissatisfaction with the quality of the corn dogs being produced. Within an hour of our arrival, we were rolling and producing the highest quality, hand-dipped corn dogs. While I’d love to take credit, I was mostly on lemonade and chip duty, with the occasional money handling responsibilities. Our girls had the responsibility of working the pie and ice cream booth, but had to work from 10:30-2:30.
The speaker was P.J. Lewis from a church in Carson, NV. He was a really humble, low key teacher. He was very upfront that what he was going to be teaching wasn’t ground breaking. It was all very common, simple things, but sometimes the simple things are the most meaningful and impacting truths.
One morning he spoke out of Matthew 10, and shared three reasons why we can trust in God. He rooted it well in the context of the disciples being sent out into a very dangerous and dark world. He told them that they were sheep going into the midst of wolves, and that they would be flogged, beaten, dragged before rulers, and they could be betrayed by their own families. Then he says in verse 26 that they shouldn’t fear them.
How could that be?! the first reason was that God has all of the power, as we see in verse 28. God has the ability to crush a man’s soul, and all they can do is kill you. They can’t harm you eternally. They may be able to cause you pain, but your soul is safe in God.
The second point to remember is that God has all of the knowledge. In verse 29-30 we see that God knows when the smallest sparrow hits the ground, God knows. Nothing escapes him. And if God knows how many hairs on your head, don’t you think that he would know the greater details of your life? nothing escapes the knowledge of God.
The third point is that not only does God have all of the power, all of the knowledge, but He loves you! In verse 31 the obvious is stated. That you are obviously worth more than many sparrows. If God knows everything about a small bird and controls what happens with them, don’t you think that He would do the best for someone that He loves. God bought us with the price of His own Son, and has adopted us to be His children.
If we know for a fact that God has all of the power, and he has all of the knowledge, and loves us, then we KNOW we can trust Him with anything that happens in our lives. Faith isn’t necessarily great when you think that God will provide, but also when you have the ability to trust in a mighty, omniscient, loving God during the tough times.
I will later provide a top 5 list of things I learned at Hume Colloquium!