God is SO good!
Anyone want to dispute that?
It is no secret that our live has been, well, challenging for some years. I won't recite the long sorry tale. Been some bumps, and there's no disputing that. Where we are now is NOT what we'd planned, expected, worked for, hoped to achieve. Yet in some ways at least, it's better than we could have ever imagined. We've had experiences, met people, had victories large and small, and been placed into situations we could never have imagined.
Yes, things have been hard in many ways. Wife's illnesses, our circumstances, our vastly reduced income, a home that -- we hope -- may survive the winter, barely, but probably not long beyond, everything. I've been looking at our situation and looking at a hopeless impossible situation.
But God has been at work, through His people as is often the case.
Yesterday morning, I received a message seeking a meeting with me later that same morning. Seems that the church has been minded to reach out to us with some financial assistance. No, not a million dollars and a new home. But not ten dollars and a box of out-of-date-code canned goods either. Several hundred dollars, BADLY needed. Pastor and I met at a nearby location, he handed me a check, bought me coffee, filled my car with gas, and we had a talk that lasted nearly 90 minutes. Meant a great deal to me, to us, and God is glorified.
I am reminded of the text from the Gospel of Matthew:
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Thank You, Lord and thank you church
The day's Old Testament reading is in the book of Daniel, chapters 1 and 2. This is an account of some young men in some pretty tough circumstances too. Yet they made it though. The Lord was doing something here, it's not an accident that those four young men were in those particular circumstances of trial and danger. The Lord was at work there, and I don't think any of us understand all the ramifications of that. Certainly the record is a good lesson for us. And certainly they themselves were changed by it all. After that? I don't know all of it, but I have to believe that even their captors were affected by the evidence of their faith and faithfulness, and what the Lord was doing.
That's our role too, sometimes.
The passage from the New Testament is chapter 2 of 1st John.
I John 2