A Word of Encouragement

A Word of Encouragement

I know the content of our newsletters, because we look a things in a snapshot in time, can be a little heavy. I am one who looks at the world with interest given to how these events affect the church and those of us who make up that body. Because of that I would like to encourage all of us in saying that no matter what is happening at any given time in history, the promises found in God's Word to those who seek Him, are timeless. They are encouraging and they are uplifting because they transcend this earthly existence and reach into the eternal.

I am reminded of passages like this:

6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

9 But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

Paul here quotes Isaiah 64 and it is there set out as a prayer for God to come and restore. Paul is able to use it and remind us that we speak of mysteries revealed to us, in that we have come to know things beyond imagination to those before Jesus made Himself known to us. The believer rests in the knowledge that God has made Himself known, intimately, to those who love Him. It is in that truth that we are able to look at a world which does not understand us, is hostile to our worldview, and seems bent on destruction. In some instances we see the world and it's people actively seeking their own destruction, though, in Jesus, hope is what is offered to this world.

We then realize we are not of this world, as Jesus says in John 17. The day will come when we are gathered to Him and all will be made whole and the Creator and His creation will be restored. This is what separates the believer from the unbeliever when looking at our world. Our hope in beyond this place and we await our gathering to Him with excitement and expectation, using what He provides for us to make Him known while we are here.
Be encouraged.

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