Let this be an encouragement to all of us, and may it inspire somebody who is trusting in a God that we can’t see with our natural eyes. Some things we already know, but we sometimes have to be reminded.
Though it has not completely left or been erased from our minds, situations and circumstances can crowd our minds so much that we lose sight of some things that have to be brought back to our remembrance. Hear me, my loved community family, when I say that the thing that we need to remember the most we sometimes forget. We can fall into a slumber, a dozing state of mind because our minds shift and we see things as they are. We see things as they appear to be in the natural eye and we allow what we see to dictate what we believe.
We know what that the Bible says “We can do all things through Christ that strengthens us” in Philippians 4:13, but in a turbulent time we can forget. We know that it says “Nothing shall separate us from the love of Jesus in Romans 8:38,39. Even in that which may not be good for us at the time, we know scripture says “All things work together for good to them that love God, and are called according to His purpose,” in Romans 8:28. We know, according to 1st Corinthians 10:13, “no temptation has taken us but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what we are able to bear; but will always make a way of escape so that we can bear it.” We know how John said in 1st John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We know and have read where Jesus himself said in St. Matthew 6:24 “Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, what you shall put on” — which means “don’t worry about the necessities of life!” As Paul said in Philippians 4:19 ,“My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
We also know that Jesus said before he went back to glory “And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world (St. Luke 28:20b).” Which means that we are never alone!
Things and people and circumstances can cause us to be in a daze. Have you ever been there, where you were somewhere where you needed to be but your mind was somewhere else? You were on your job but your mind was hundreds of miles away? While riding alone in your car you almost ran a red light or you were at an intersection and you almost pulled out in front of another car because your mind was distanced somewhere else?
Loneliness is a lonely place to be, especially in troubling times. But when we find ourselves there let us remember Isaiah 43:1,2 “But now, thus saith the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you belong to me.’” He said “when you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”
Be encouraged — you are never alone.
The Rev. George T. Ellis is pastor of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Laurinburg.