Berwick Baptist Church

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Thought for the Month October 2020

Hope in the Storm

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.! Heb 11:1 NASB

In such times as these, when there seems no end to lockdowns and restrictions, and when we are not even allowed to have family visit, one can be tempted to feel hopeless and just simply give up in despair.  This is very natural, and we all have these feelings from time to time, some more than others.  However, as God’s people we can draw on the invisible world of the kingdom of God which is within us and all the wonderful spiritual blessings that we have in Christ to encourage our hearts and to fire hope up within us.

We do not need to keep our focus on what is happening and what is not happening around us, and what is pressing in against our minds and emotions.  In Christ we have the God given ability to look beyond what we are going through and to see beyond the mountains and behind the storm clouds which are hitting our world.

We are living in unprecedented days where God’s allowing our world and everything in it to shake like never before, as we have known it in our lifetime.  The scriptures are clear that when everything shakes the only thing that wont is the kingdom of God, and you and I live within that unshakable kingdom and within the life of its unshakeable king.

So, what do we give our eyes and attention to in these days of great uncertainties and anxiety?  I believe it should be God’s word and his promises, along with the prophecies that God has given us as individuals and as a church.

Last year God spoke very clearly to me and to others and I believe he was speaking to us as a church family, “The best is yet to come…” you may not feel it is going to ever arrive, I guess Joseph in Pharaoh’s dungeon never felt those dreams would ever come to pass at times, but I’m sure he would visit them again  and again in his prayers and meditations, as Mary pondered in her heart all the things that were spoken of her child, Jesus.  The word of God develops faith and hope within us when we feed on it and keep our minds eye upon it.  A promise to believe and claim.

“And we know that God causes ALL THINGS to work together for GOOD to those who love God to those who are called according to his purpose.” Rom 8:28 Let us prayer together….

“Father in all our fears, anxieties and troubles in the midst of a world that is shaken, by faith we turn our eyes to you and your word.  Still our hearts and minds, give us peace and renew our hope as we look forward to the time when we will be free to fellowship and socialise again, to hug our loved ones and have our grandchildren sit on our knee.  Until then teach us to trust and rest in you and lay our heads each night on the pillow of your word.  Amen”

John Hodgkins