BY REV. GARY LAMBERT -LIGHT OF THE LAKES FRIENDS CHURCH
To many, the world seems to be "falling apart." Violence – blood and death — show up on our streets daily.
Police officers are being murdered. Riots are destroying property and people's lives. Road rage – rude people – and frustrated folks certainly are not diminishing …
Remember the old song from the TV show – "Hee Haw?"
Gloom – Despair and agony on me
Deep dark depression
If it weren’t for bad luck
I’d have no Luck at all
Gloom – Despair and agony on me.
L-I-F-E = Ecclesiastes 1:9 — "What has been – will be again, what has been done, will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."
Our grandparents went thru the Great Depression. No jobs, No food, no hope.
Millions were murdered and died during the Holocaust.
Today = COVID … human unrest … frustration.
I love how Ecclesiastes 1:4 puts it all into perspective for us today: "Anyone who is among the living has hope! Even a dog is better off than a dead lion."
Corrie Ten Boom was in a death camp during the holocaust. Listen to her words: "The silence of the night had fallen on 700 women, lying tightly packed together, asleep in the barracks of a concentration camp."
Corrie’s sister, Bep, said to Corrie:
"We need to tell everyone who will listen that Jesus is the only answer to the problems that are disturbing the hearts of men and nations. We shall have the right to speak because we can tell from our experience that his light is more powerful than the deepest darkness. Surely nothing could be darker than our experiences here. I keep telling myself 'things cannot possibly grow worse,' but every day we see that misery only deepens. How wonderful that the reality of his presence is greater than the reality of hell about us."
Three days later – Bep died. Corrie went on to share love, joy and hope that is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Thoughts of doom and gloom do not have to control your minds. It's a choice.
Let me encourage you with God's Word.
John 16:33 (Jesus speaking) "…you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you
will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world.
Philippians 4:6-7 — "Do not be anxious about anything. But in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hears and your minds in Jesus Christ.
With this quote from Corrie Ten Boom, I will close:
"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.