God is with us.
We have lived through unprecedented times. The fires have scared the landscape and imprinted an image in history that will be with us for a long time. We have had to be informed, then prepared and then to act as the fires have come, but for some fear thru media hype set in. Fear can at times disable us and prevent us from engaging with God and using our gifts and abilities to bring help or aid or comfort where needed. Therefore because of fear we can also think that God is far away or absent from our presence.
Have you ever felt this way? If you have, you are not alone. We’ve all felt at some point that God is distant or even oblivious. But nothing could be farther from the truth. In times, such as our fires, is usually when we may feel God’s absence, but remember that various times in Bible times, God was there even in the midst of war, famine, flood, and even storms. God is with us always and promises to never leave us nor forsake us.
The best way to always remind ourselves of this is to remind ourselves of what God’s Word promises us when it comes to Him always being present in our lives.
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Matthew 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Share stories with each other about your experiences of the fires. I have heard from many of how they have seen God’s hand at work in ways of kindness, generosity, cooking, a comforting hug and care for each other. If you need feel free to call at talk with me also. Peace, protection and regrowth in Christ. Rev. Capt. Stu.
Let’s always fix our eyes on Jesus, and worship our God.
Hebrews 13: 15, ‘’Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
Colossians 3: 13, ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God’.
Rev. Capt. Stu
16th January 2020