A Word For The Week

Proverbs: 20:24


As humans, one of the things that we tend to struggle with is giving up control.  As long as we think that we are in control, we feel like things are good.  But as life happens and things start to occur that we don’t understand or that we can’t control, our tendency is to grow fearful…fear of the unknown.


The book of Proverbs instructs us that the best way to deal with life and its’ unknowns is to ask God for spiritual wisdom and then to follow it in our daily choices/decisions. Perhaps one of the first things that we need to gleam from Proverbs is that God knows (better than us) what’s best and that He is always in control.  In Proverbs 20:24 the author (probably Solomon) tells us that if indeed we seek Godly wisdom for our lives, then we don’t need to worry when things aren’t going our way or if something is happening that we don’t understand.  If we believe that God is directing our lives and that He is in control of all things, why try to understand everything that happens in life.


We currently live in a world of uncertainty with COVID 19 and social unrest across the globe.  The fact is that we (man) don’t have all the answers to either of these occurrences. But still, we are taught to not allow the unknown to consume us to a point of uselessness for the kingdom.  God would have us to remember that He is still in control.  And while it may look like to us that the world is in chaos, in His eyes things are still in control.  We may not understand, or even like what’s happening, but He would simply say “Fear not, for I am with you”.


So as we deal with life’s uncertainties, let’s remember that God is still on the throne and that even in the midst of it all, He still expects us to be about kingdom work…don’t let the demonic spiritually paralyze us (thinking that God is not in control) and keep us from doing the work that God has for us.  


As we deal with life’s uncertainties, let’s remember who God is and ask ourselves this: “Do I believe God”?  I know that I believe in God, but do I “Believe” Him when He says that He is in control.  The fact is that He is in control in times of uncertainty and in times of certainty…we are never ever really in control. So let’s rest easy, live our lives without fear and continue in our service to the Father.  God’s got this!


Your brother in Christ,

Bro. Joe Lee Phillips


Word of The Week - Youth Edition


While I have been out during COVID and not being able to go places and see friends and family it has not always been easy.   One thing I have always been told and I know is true is that everything happens for a reason, and when we look back in the word you can see that God has all of it under control.  We can look at this time as a sabbatical.  We are taking off from doing our normal things.  It also can give us more time to be with God, study and think about God.  It reminds me of the times in the bible in Israel when the Jews had to practice shmita.  This is when they take a year long break every 7 years of doing work.  We just need to always be reminded even during these uncertain times that God has not given up on us, and God will not give up on us.  I am glad to know that God is always with us.  If we really know and remember this, it will help us during these times.   The word says in Matthew 28:20  “I am with you always to the end of age".

 

 

Joshua Smith