Greetings Christ Fellowship and Friends
We are surrounded with unknowns and these challenges can lead us to fear. But this is not our only option. We can also choose to trust God’s promises. Choosing belief is not “works based” nor is it “prosperity gospel”. Rather, it is actively leaning on God’s character in the presence of questions. In times of confusion we must ask, “which is more real, my experiences or God’s character”?
I recall this quote form pastor Joe Novenson:
I MUST BELIEVE WHAT IS TRUE MORE THAN WHAT I FEEL
UNTIL WHAT IS TRUE IS MORE REAL TO ME THAN WHAT I FEEL!
This particular season is FULL of opportunities to choose belief. Week by week we proclaim faith in God, but rarely are we pressed upon it. Don’t waste this time. It is tempting to numb the unknowns with Netflix and other vices, but now each one of us has a RARE opportunity to trust God beyond our resources.
While we believe that spiritual faith and growth are gifts of grace, we must remember that trusting God is an active endeavor. God’s commands to believe demonstrate both our need and capacity to lean on him (and not our understanding). Furthermore, it will help to remember that faith is never needed when we see clearly with full knowledge. So of course this season seems crazy. But we should let these questions mature and present them to our heavenly father. He is big enough for our cries. If we hide from this pain we will miss a beaitiful moment to learn the strength of his power and the patience of his kindness.
Proverbs 3:3-5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Finally: We are mobilizing a phone tree to reach out to our body. Please call each other as often as you can. We want to respond to needs as we become aware of them.
Pray for the Rule family toight as Chelsea is heading in labor.