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Pastor's Corner - August 2017

posted Jul 28, 2017, 11:03 AM by Linda Dickinson

Greetings Dear Elmwood Family and Friends,

Over the past weeks I have been thinking a lot about the challenges that one meets in life.  All around us there are people who are dealing with major life issues.  They certainly come, don’t they?  Either we have just been through something, are in the middle of something, or there is something coming.  That may sound pessimistic, but I don’t mean it that way.  Life is not easy, and certainly not trouble free.  In Psalm 27:5 we are told, “For in the day of trouble…”  God’s Word states this as a fact, not as a possibility.  Friends, there will be “days of trouble”.  Even our Lord Jesus tells us, “Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  This world we live in is not a perfect place.  It is broken and we cannot fix it.  As I shared recently in a sermon, the wages of our sinfulness brings the payment of death.  Sin, death, and the devil have brought about this brokenness.   Mankind cannot fix it.  No matter how hard we may try.  Only our holy perfect God could remedy the lostness and brokenness.  This is why our Heavenly Father, in unfathomable love, sent His Son to do something about it all.  Therefore, even in the middle of our “days of trouble” we can rejoice, for we are not without hope.  We are not a people abandoned or forgotten.  We are never alone.  The Lord has promised to be with us and never leave us or forsake us.  Jesus says in Matthew 6, “Do not worry then”, be like the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness”.

I realize that it isn’t easy to seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness when one’s life is under assault or falling apart.  We may just be trying to survive.  But that is exactly why we must trust in the Lord and not try to cope with these things by our own strength.  We must acknowledge that we are a needy people and that we need someone beyond ourselves to rescue us, and be there for us in the tough times.

Sitting here on my book shelf is a smooth white stone which I picked up in Israel last March from the dry brook-bed in the valley of Elah.  (See 1 Samuel 17)  It was from this very same place that David, the shepherd boy, picked up five smooth stones when he decided to take on the Philistine giant, Goliath.  As David courageously took him on, he placed His trust in the LORD, not in the sword or spear of King Saul.  He boldly declared, “The battle is the LORD’S and He will give you into my hands.”  And He did, slaying the vile Philistine.  My smooth stone reminds me continually that I serve the same LORD, and that the battles that come in my day of trouble will not defeat me for the battle is the LORD’S. 

Give your battles each day to the LORD.  Stand and see His deliverance.  He has revealed His love and might in the death and resurrection of Jesus.  His victory is our victory and His joy is our strength.  Thank you, Jesus!

Pressing on with you in Christ our LORD,

Pastor Fred