From the Pastor’s Desk…
Ecclesiastes 12: 13 – 14 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
Solomon, in the book of Ecclesiastes does not sugar coat life, in fact, at times he sounds, at best like a pessimist, but at the worst like a skeptic. Actually, he is neither. He uses a phrase throughout the book “under the sun” to show that he is speaking as a man of the world would speak. In other words, he is saying a lot of bad stuff happens to people. I think we would all agree. Life is hard; we are faced with trouble and heartache, and disappointment.
How has 2018 gone for you? Has it been smooth sailing, or have you had a few curves thrown your way? Sad to say, the hospitals and the funeral homes have stayed busy. The courts are filled with lawsuits and with people having to stand before the judge.
What does 2019 hold for us? Of course, we don’t know the answer to that question, but we do know that God holds the future in His hands. We do know God has said: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10
Horatio G. Spafford was a man who was sorely tried. He was a Christian businessman in Chicago in the 1800’s, and lost his home and his business in the Chicago fire. He thought it would be good for his family to travel to Great Britain to join D.L. Moody in his evangelistic meetings there. At the last minute, he was unable to go, but he sent his wife and four daughters aboard a passenger liner. Sadly, the ship was struck by another ship and sank in twelve minutes. His wife survived, but his daughters perished. When he heard of the disaster, he immediately boarded another ship to be with his wife. When he came to the place where his four daughters lost their lives; he penned the following words: “When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.”
Is it well with your soul?