Monday, October 23, 2023

Pastor's Ponderings, October 23, 2023

God Will Work It Out


When we look at the challenges in the world, one thinks of the poem by Rudyard Kipling entitled “If.”  The first sentence gives us clarity in these confusing times.  “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you.” Many who seem to be casting about lost, anxious, angry and worried should remember the Douglas Miller song, “My Soul Has Been Anchored.”  Some of the lyrics are, “But if the storms don't cease and if the winds keep on blowing in my life, my soul has been anchored in the Lord.”


We hear repeatedly that we are in uncharted waters.  The rules of polite society and civilized behavior seem to be cast aside for those in the book, “Leviathan” by Thomas Hobbes.  He described man at his worst. "…continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short." 


However, we thank God that He always causes us to win in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14).  We can boldly proclaim that we are in Him and He has successfully overcome the world (John 16:33).  It is so crucial that we walk closely with the One who oversees the universe and not get distracted with the evil one.  The Bible says, despite worldly challenges, if God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)?


Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”   What are we going to do today to stop the triumph of evil?  We are going to allow God to lead us.  God may tell us to organize, protest, use social media or write letters to our leaders. 


We are not going to remain silent, hidden, hunched over, but we are going to lift our heads. We are going to lift our voices.  We are going to declare, say, speak that God is eternal, victorious, and He is going to work this thing out.  He will rise in His time and work things out for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). Let God’s people announce His triumph through word and deed. 


2 Corinthians 2:14
King James Bible

14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.


John 16:33

New International Version

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


Romans 8:31

New International Version

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?


Romans 8:28

New International Version

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.



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