PASTOR'S COLUMN: Our mess is His message
December 31. 2013 12:58PM
Our mess is His message
I can hardly believe that a new year is here. Where does the time go? As I sit and reflect over the past year I recount the things that I did with my family, the places we traveled to and the family and friends that we shared memories with. I also think about my spiritual journey and the journey of our church. There have been so many God sightings along the way – healings, reconciliations, baptisms, marriages, births and deaths.
As we close out one year, and begin a new year, we ought to take the time for reflection and ask ourselves, “Where has God been in my life?” I think you might be amazed at all of the things you have been through this past year – the places you have been, the people you have encountered, the joys and sorrows you have experienced, and the spiritual growth that has taken place in your soul. But, I think you would be more amazed to know that you were never alone in any of these situations. Jesus was with you every step of the way.
How do I know this? Because “God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17). And this Son is called Emmanuel, which means “God with us”. Jesus, Emmanuel, is with us every step of this journey we call life. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. He is with us to lead us, guide us and protect us.
You see, God makes every effort to reach every person who is far away from Him. And God never abandons anyone. He will travel into the depths of depression, the bottom of a bottle of alcohol, the darkness of addictions to pornography, drugs and food, and uses whatever means He can to help lead His children to His beloved Son. God will use people, places, signs and wonders, and even our circumstances to reach us. Nothing is by chance. God is always at work. God comes to us in ways we can understand. He makes it relevant to us where we are at. And, God is willing to make our mess become His message.
It’s a new year – a time for a new beginning. Perhaps you are stuck in a rut, feeling overwhelmed, tired of the rat race, longing for peace, looking for a new beginning. Whatever place you are at today, remember, God continues to seek you no matter where you come from, no matter what your background. God promises that if you seek Him, you will find Him. Don’t give up on God, because God has not given up on you. He loves you with an everlasting love. He desires a relationship with you. Maybe you haven’t been close to God in the past. Maybe you have been going through a spiritual drought. Maybe you feel that your past is unforgiveable and you are living with guilt and shame. Are you ready for a new life? A new beginning? Today is your day. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5)
If you have questions about this new life with Jesus or just need someone to pray for you, I encourage you to give me a call (428-3756) or just stop by the church. Don’t delay, the Lord is waiting for you today.
Blessings to you as you begin this new year!