St. Paul wrote to the church at Rome words that speak to all the Church through the ages: "For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope."
It is to that concept, that the Word of God brings encouragement to the heart of those who will believe its message, this blog is devoted.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Don't Count Him Out
the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth
was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the
Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.Then God
said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3)
The Biblical writer – Moses, in this case –
gave us an account of creation that does far more than document the formation
of the heavens and the earth. He gives us reason to hope, especially in the
midst of our own formless void and darkness.
Perhaps you have been there when life spins
out of control, your prayers remain unanswered – even after decades of asking,
seeking and knocking. And all around you the firm foundation of God’s promises
seem as amorphous, void and shapeless as planet earth in the beginning.
Moses reminds us, don’t count God out. Even
if our lot is to pray as some of the heroes of faith prayed, who died “without receiving the promises”
but yet saw through the eyes of faith the fulfillment of their prayers “from a
distance”* then we must do and continue to do what God has given us: Pray.
Pray – looking if necessary through eyes of
faith to the God who spoke to a dark and formless universe, “Let there be
light,” and light shattered darkness.
Pray. And in prayer, grow in confidence. He
will yet speak to our darkness, doubt, and disappointments.
My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens
are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts
than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do
not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout . . .
so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty,
without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”
Christian, persevere. Persevere in hope.
Persevere in prayer. Persevere in faith despite the doubts. The night is almost
gone. The day is at hand.
Don’t count God out. Whether we see it in this life or the next, His word will not return
to Him void. It will accomplish what He sent it out to accomplish. It will do that – because He