God’s Good Plan – August 2019

“Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone at home?” These are the opening lyrics of “Comfortably Numb” as sung by Pink Floyd. While you could argue about the meaning of the song, I think this sentiment comes to all of us at times.

We all have difficult times. The Bible says there will be various trials and tribulations. Jesus warned us that we would have opportunities to be offended. We all have times where we need support and comfort. The question is where we will find that comfort.

While escape through various means can be a temptation, we should be seeking the Lord for how to go through. This requires a level of faith and trust in God. Do our circumstances dictate our beliefs about God or do we draw on a wealth of the testimonies of ourselves and others about God’s goodness?

The verse noted on the cover of this month’s newsletter is Jeremiah 29:11—”For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (ESV)

God speaks this to the people of Israel through the prophet Jeremiah at the time of their captivity. If you read from the beginning of the chapter, you will see that God is also saying that they will be in exile for a long enough time to set down roots where he has sent them.

Can you see beyond your circumstances, even if they are not short in duration, to the good plan of God? Can “we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28, NKJV)? Look to God in all circumstance with a faith in His character that is true, good and loving—it never changes. Plus, God comes through in the end.

God’s promises are sure. Jesus return is guaranteed. God’s love for us is proven. Our faith in Him should never waiver.

Journeying with you,

Pastor Merril


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