Faith Baptist Church of State College, Pennsylvania


     June 6, 2004 marked the 60th anniversary of D-Day, the beginning of the end of World War II. I just want to take a moment to honor and thank those brave people who risked death to fight for freedom. I am amazed at the sacrifice that those people made so that I could live in a free country today. However, there is a group of these people that history has forgotten. Most people do not realize how much happened during the night hours before the dawn invasion. Many of our thoughts and pictures of D-Day involve the landing and fighting on the beaches of Normandy. However, in order for these troops to even have a chance on the beaches, the German guns protecting the beaches would have to be destroyed. This task fell to the thousands of paratroopers that fell into the night sky of France.

     As happens many times in war, all did not go as planned. The planes and gliders that brought in these paratroopers encountered much more antiaircraft fire than they expected. This caused them many times to drop their paratroopers far from their designated drop zones. Confusion abounded amongst the men. Some paratroopers landed in rivers, swamps, and even the English Channel and were drowned. Some men discovered that they were all alone and incredibly lost. Some landed directly in towns or even in the backyards of German officers. Confusion abounded amongst the Germans as well. Reports piled into headquarters of paratrooper landings and encounters with British and American soldiers. Was this the long awaited invasion?

     Have you ever been confused by God? Just this week, God has confused Faith Baptist Church. Pastor Drew and Dianna left a week ago for their long anticipated missions trip to Liberia. Through many flight delays, missed planes, and detours through London and Ghana, a week has passed and they still are not in Liberia. God, what is happening? The Fenstermachers are trying to minister for you in Liberia. Why have they not been able to get there? It amazes me to note how many of God’s servants must have been totally confused by Him.

     Joseph: “God, I have been serving you, why am I in this prison?”
     Moses: “God, what am I doing tending these sheep?”
     Job: “God, why is all of this happening to me?”
     Paul: “God, why won’t you take this thorn in the flesh from me?”

     Through confusing circumstances, God taught these men valuable lessons and shaped them into men of godly character. Do you find yourself confused by God today? Rejoice! God is shaping and forming you into the image of Jesus Christ. After discussing the “confusing” issue of God’s plan for Israel in light of the Church Age, Paul responded with the verses of Romans 11:33-36:

33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?”
35 “Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?”
36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.

     Thank God that He is beyond human intellect, reason, and “common sense”, for if He was not, He would just be a glorified image of man. God is only “confusing” when He does something that we do not expect or is not in our timetable. Praise Him for His control over everything!

Yours for Christ,

Pastor Nick