Towards the end of 2019 we had series called Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: you can count on God no matter what. No matter what season of life you’re in, no matter what your yesterday, today or tomorrow looks like, you can still count on God.
Throughout our lives we learn which people we are able to trust. God presents himself as the most trustworthy person you’ll ever know. He is faithful, reliable, true, trustworthy and constant.
Faith means to be counting on God no matter what. The best way to demonstrate that we are counting God is to be baptised. We celebrated 8 baptisms as we began this series. If you are interested in being baptised, you can find out more and contact us here.
Events in our past can leave us hurt, cold and closed to opportunities in the future. When we’ve been hurt it can make it hard to trust again. When you’re haunted by the past, God offers to help you process and deal with those hurts. Jesus did this with the death of Lazarus and again with imprisonment of John the Baptist. Paul demonstrated this in his letter to Philemon. God presents himself as a safe place from the hurts of life – even when those hurts have been inflicted by Christians and even when you feel let down by God himself.
God can be trusted to help us and provide for us when we’re facing problems. But it would be so helpful if he put a timer on it. When you are doing a workout routine you know how long the pain is going to last. But when you’re facing a problem in life you don’t always know how long you are going to have to wait. God helps us to wait well. Romans 12:11-12 talks about not lacking zeal, but still being patient in trouble. 1 Timothy 6:6 talks about how godliness with contentment is great wealth. How can we have both the fire of zeal and the gratitude of contentment while we’re waiting?
Sometimes our commitment to what God did last can get in the way of what God wants to do next. In Isaiah 43:18 God calls people to forget the past because he is doing a new thing. This means letting go of the good, the bad and the ugly of the past, to provide room for God to do a new thing. God doesn’t want memory to overshadow expectancy. What if the generosity we saw in the past is nothing compared to the generosity we’ll see in the future? What if the fruit we’ve seen in people coming to faith in the past is nothing compared to what we’ll see in the future? What could it mean for God to ‘do it again’ in your life?
This post was written by Geoff Snook.