Pastor's Corner

9 Nov
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Mid-Week Challenge

The midterm elections are almost behind us.  If you have election fatigue, like most of us, the take away is that we will not have to watch any of those political ads on TV for a few more years.  For some, the election yesterday didn’t decide anything.  Early reports show us right back in the mess we had before Tuesday. Neither “side” has a clear victory.  So how do we move forward today?  I believe we must recognize the truths that have been there all along! 

1. Life is Short – James asks us, “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14).  Even the Old Testament writers pondered this fact: “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow” (Psalm 144:4). Why waste any more time worrying about something we cannot change.  Focus on the responsibilities that God has put before you and let Him worry about the rest.   

2. There is a limit to our days – David pointed out the reality - “All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16). No one knows for sure how many of those we get, but the truth is that they are limited.  Anything that is limited only goes up in value, so why waste something of value on things that do not add to your wellbeing?  Life has enough stress and trouble to add any additional energy to things that pull life out of us.  Invest in things that will bring a positive return when you use resources that are limited.  Jesus means to encourage us when He reminds us, “Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?... Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:27, 34).

3. You are free to choose - God gives us free will. We can choose to waste our days, ruin our health, or be led by worry and fear.  Worry actually robs us of health and peace of mind. I could make every wise choice possible, yet I can’t guarantee I’ll be alive tomorrow.  King Solomon, “As no one has power over the wind to contain it, so no one has power over the time of their death” (Ecclesiastes 8:8). Somethings you cannot control, but most events of the day, our thoughts and feelings and our actions, God gives us a free will to exercise.  Don’t give away your emotions to the negative influence of others.  

4. God wants the best for us in each moment He has given us -  “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). Paul reminds us that the world we live in is not perfect, but the God we serve is! Paul, calls us to “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). 

Don’t let the unknown of tomorrow bring you down in the promise of today.  Make the most of the moment, do what you can and then let God take care of the rest.  He has a pretty good track record, so why should He fail us now?  

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan


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