Monday, October 7, 2019

Pastor's Ponderings, October 7, 2019

It Is All Right; It Is OK

Shirley Caesar and Anthony Hamilton sing a song entitled, “It's Alright, It's O.K.”  Some of the lyrics are, “It's alright, it's O.k. Don't you let your troubles get in the way. Just believe and have faith. Know that He's with you every day.”  This attitude is very easy when all is right in your world and your troubles are minor. However, it can be more difficult when we find there is no clear way out from our problems. Nevertheless, we can rest knowing that God is with us all of the time.

The Bible says that when the enemy comes at you, like a flood God will drive it away (Isaiah 59:19).  It is so good to know this in the bad times and the good times. God does not want us to worry.  You may have become sick or received devastating news from a family member. Even so, you should simply believe and have faith knowing that God will accompany you when you go through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23:4).

In your life, the painful feeling may not go away.  The bill collectors will continue to call. The nagging possibility that your relationship has come to an end can cause you to worry.  But it’s all right; it’s ok.  There is a brighter day in your future. Even if you never reach your goals, God always hears your requests in his will and since he hears you, He will answer you (1 John 5:14-15).  

Let us remember that the great God, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords wants us to know that while others may come and go, He is with us every day. 

Isaiah 59:19
New International Version (NIV)
19 From the west, people will fear the name of the Lord, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the Lord drives along

Psalm 23:4
New International Version (NIV)
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

1 John 5:14-15
New International Version (NIV)
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him

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