Last week was a week of special meetings at church. During the week there are extra church services, during which a few of the visiting ministers and pastors from the branch churches preach the sermon. For those of us who live here, it is a treat. I have nothing against the pastor of my church, it is just nice to hear someone else every now and again. Every minister has their own style, and each style works for different people.
Sunday morning the minister who gave the sermon delivered a great sermon. Off the top of my head, I can’t recall actually having heard him preach, unless I had 11 years ago when I had attended Midwest camp, but I can’t tell you who preached in those services, so for all intents and purposes, this was the first time I had heard him preach.
His style kind of reminded me of being in the more interesting college lectures I have been in. How he presented his sermon, made the message, that I have heard my entire life, relevant. As I was sitting there listening to it, the message totally registered, and I knew that I had needed to hear that sermon, things clicked.
The point of the sermon, was that light always overcomes and trumps the darkness, and those who have surrendered their life to God, and have a personal relationship with Christ have the light in our lives, and he will help us overcome the darkness and light our way.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”Psalms 34:8 KJV
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28 KJV
These two verses have been on my heart the past day or so.
Leaning on God’s promises, knowing he has a plan for our lives as well as a purpose and a call for each of our lives is a great comfort and strength for me right now as I am looking for a new job.
I had been a contractor for a local phone and internet company for nearly 2.5 years, and the project I had been hired for is winding down to the point where they no longer needed the extra help, so I am needing a new job. I am definitely trusting God for help and guidance for the next step, because I know he is in control of things and the big picture.
Some things about my future and career have become clearer, as I allow God to be in control in my life and I stay in the center of his will for my life.
The Lord has been showing me his goodness, and while my future in uncertain to me, I have peace about it.
“In the dark of the night I’ll be with thee,
With the light of my Word I will guide thee,
I have passed this way before-
just trust me.
In the cleft of the rock,
I’ll hide thee.”
This is a short passage from one of my favorite songs from church. It has reminded me, that even in the valleys we go through, that God is still there.
When we feel all alone, or we are hurting, or disappointed, or everything is going wrong, God is still right there. We just have to keep trusting him, and that he has a plan, and it is better than anything we could come up with.