A friend of ours, when facing a stressful situation, often said, “I’ll just shut my eyes and hope it will go away!” Unfortunately troubled days seldom just go away without our addressing the issues – “facing the music”. The real question is how do we face the music? We’ll talk about that on Sunday.
Think with me about John 16:33 where Jesus said, I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.] [Amplified Bible] “Tribulation” could also be translated troubled and the AMP version has detailed the word.
The routine of today gives us enough trouble. “Other things” interrupt our routine and tend to give us extra anxiety. Vetra and I received two of those “Oh No” calls this week. Our very good neighbor passed Wednesday morning about 10 am, and a long time close friend in Spokane followed her yesterday about 7:30p.m. Neither was unexpected, but it still leaves a hole in our psyche. In Christ, we know there is eternity with Jesus but for those left behind there is a recovery that takes time and personal exercise to get through.
Sunday’s title is “Troubled”. Our theme is what do we do with troubles in light of future events. The next item in Bethel’s doctrinal statement is LAST THINGS. The “LAST THINGS” covers several important events, more than we can cover in one day so I‘ll break this apart as we move forward.
I’m looking forward to seeing the Bethel Family on Sunday. Come join me expecting a blessing from God.
Yours and His,