Over the past eleven months, the world has experienced many things. Because of COVID-19, civil unrest, financial hardships and personal health crises, much of what we have experienced would be considered bad. However, this last eleven months combined has helped us see God’s hand in all things, even some of the worst of circumstances. Even though some circumstances are bad, God is always good and is doing something good in the life of His people.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
We hear verses like that. We believe the Word of God. But, when we experience what we have for the last eleven months, passages like this come to life. They leap off the page in full color, no longer to be seen only as words on a page. Even in our church’s Bible reading this past month, we saw in the life of Job that all those terrible circumstances which God allowed were used for good in the life of Job, whom God loved. For Job, God showed him clearly who his real friends were. God showed him that physical blessings are not the greatest blessings a man can receive. God taught Job to close his mouth and open his ears. Everything God does is good.
This is true for our church. Good people have experienced hard times recently. Some of these good people are no longer with us. We rejoice over the time God allowed us to spend with them and over the fact that we will be reunited someday in heaven. We mourn with and for those who are feeling alone. We pray for those who need a touch of God’s hand in their lives. And, we prepare ourselves to be the hands of Christ, to be His feet as we carry the Good News of the Gospel out into the world. Let no man attempt to hinder God’s plan for God’s plan cannot be thwarted.
In Jesus’ care,
Pastor Jerry Jeter