From the Pastor’s Study
Many of us grew up with radio and TV comedies and dramas. Each week there was a new story, a new adventure for the characters to work through. They would face challenges and difficulties; but at the end of the episode, all the regular characters would be back in their standard roles and relationships in the story. Everything was back to normal when the program signed off.
That sort of stability is appealing to me; I like to think that I can work through life’s problems that come my way and get back to where I had been before. But that is not the way life works. The challenges we work through can permanently change us or those around us. People come into and go out of our lives, whether we like it or not. We may recover from illnesses, but now have to live with new scars or limitations.
God does not promise his people protection from difficult circumstances; what he does promise that he will go with us through those times. As a verse from the hymn ‘How Firm A Foundation’ tells us (drawing on Isaiah 43:2) “When through the deep waters I call you to go,/ the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;/ for I will be with you, your troubles to bless,/ and sanctify to you your deepest distress.”
Not only can we draw on the promises of God, we can also recall the history of God’s presence and provision. There are both the great stories of the Bible and also contemporary witnesses who can testify how God had been with them through life’s storms.
We may not welcome challenges and change; but we need not be in fear of them. May we renew our trust in God to be with us through it all.
– Pastor Ron Troup
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