June 23

JUNE 23
by Bob Grandey

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

As we go through this Covid Virus situation scripture gives us lots of examples of facing uncertain times. In each case we are called upon to seek the Lord and look to him for comfort and strength.

Even though we wonder why this is happening, I’d like to recommend a different question.

Mary and Martha wondered why Jesus didn’t show up before Lazarus died, later to find out God had a bigger plan. The Israelites when they were wandering in the dessert tired and thirsty wondered why they were brought out of Egypt. But God had something much better in store for them. Joseph wondered why he was sold into Egypt only to find out later that God was providing for his family. There are many other examples in the Bible and in our own lives.

So the real question is what are we to do? Our circumstances are different. Some of us can’t do the things that usually keep us busy so we have lots of time on our hands. Time to take walks, listen to Christian music, etc. Others of us have too much to do, continuing to work from home, providing school for our kids, as well as all the other household responsibilities. We don’t have time to think. Some of us are so tired of Zoom that we can’t stand it anymore. Some of us are unemployed and have no idea when and where we will work again.

No matter what situation we are in, we are all facing an uncertain future. What will the future be like? When can I go back to work? What will the work and school environments be? Will we be able to travel again and, if so, what will that be like? When can we worship together in one room again? Things are definitely going to be different for a long time.

It’s easy to get discouraged and changes often bring anxiety. You may get the feeling that God doesn’t care, but he does. There have been a number of times when I have wondered if God is paying any attention to my situation. This often happened when I was between jobs and wondering where I would be employed next. Every time I cried out to God “Do you really care? Are you really there?” he always demonstrated in a very short time that He is there for me. This prayer may not have been answered in the way I hoped, but it always was a clear demonstration of his love for me and often more than I expected.

As we face this uncertain future two of my favorite scriptures come to mind. The first is Joshua 1:7-9 where God is giving instructions for moving into the Promised Land. This is going to be vastly different from the life the Israelites experienced wondering around in the dessert, but change is scary. So what are the instructions?

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”.

The second is Ephesians 1:18-21 where Paul prays for the Ephesians and expects them to exercise the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives and to know the hope God has for them.

18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

As we continue in these times, let’s remember God’s faithfulness as expressed in the hymn

“Great is Thy faithfulness, ” O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness, ” Lord, unto me!

Prayer

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, may we be strong and courageous, obeying the scriptures and relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to know the hope to which we are called. Please hear our prayers and give us wisdom and direction as we face this uncertain future.

Thank you for the pastors, staff and leadership team at St Tim’s for their faithful leadership. Give them strength and courage and wisdom to lead us into the future. Bless also the Pastor search committee.

Thank you for your faithfulness to us. May we be faithful to you.  All for your honor and glory! Amen. 


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