I sit here this morning with a heavy heart, but with the same resolve; I will continue to trust God. I am aware we all have issues in our lives that can make us look across the fence and think the grass is greener on the other side.
I remember as a teenager sitting in church watching our Pastor walk across the lawn from his house to the church and the thought entered my mind, “I will be a preacher when I grow up. The devil never bothers him, our Pastor, and he only works one day a week."
I want you to know that was a very naive thought. I know there are some who don’t believe in God or the devil, but I believe in the Bible, God’s Word. His Word tells me to beware of Satan, and his impressions. One example, Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."
John Wesley’s explanation of these words:
“Through philosophy and empty deceit - that is, through the empty deceit of philosophy blended with Christianity. This the apostle condemns, because it was empty and deceitful, promising happiness, but giving none. Because it was grounded, not on solid reason, but the traditions of men, Zeno, Epicurus, and the rest. And, because it was so shallow and superficial, not advancing beyond the knowledge of sensible things; no, not beyond the first rudiments of them.”
My heaviness is many things, some because of the challenges of my personal family, my extended family, my friends, my neighbors, the people of this world, but I do and will trust in God because he has dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13:6
A part of the message, “How to Trust God in Difficult Times”. More to come…….
Tom has been a licensed minister over 50 years and faced many life experiences. The driving force of his obedience to serve in ministry has been his love for and trust in God.