I learned a valuable lesson this past year. You can’t make situations change by worrying, and sometimes you can’t make situations change by simply working harder. These are times when you need help.
But God was faithful, and He never left us. God’s Spirit kept us encouraged. Every day when I got anxious, or my mind started worrying, I would sing. There is one song in particular that I kept coming back to, “He’s Right There” by Gospel singer Raymond Myles. This was my “Go To” song to keep myself encouraged; it goes like this:
So my friends I come and tell you
I don’t care what the situation may be
Turn it over to Jesus
He’ll supply your every need
If you would only trust Him
He will your Savior be
Anytime you need Him
He will be right there
Rabbi Schneider preached a sermon recently about the Children of Israel. He points out that the Children of Israel died in the wilderness because they thought it was enough to just get delivered from Egypt.
They focused their minds on the “Here and Now”, and they did not focus on God’s larger plan for their lives.
Sometimes, I behave just like the Children of Israel. Not only do I indulge in “Here and Now” thinking, but I also have a tendency to “Look Back”. I tend to play that tape in my head of all those hurts, pain and losses of the past. Numbers 11:5-6 (NIV) “We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!”
But God doesn’t want us to keep looking back, and He doesn’t want us to stay stuck in the worries of today. God wants us to live in relationship with Him! As Rabbi Schneider further points out, we are being called into a Kingdom, and we should live in anticipation of God’s Kingdom. We see this anticipation in the book of Hebrews, where it describes Abraham: Hebrews 11:10 (NIV) “For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”
Let’s keep living in anticipation of God’s promises for our lives.
We love you,
Pastors Willie and Rochelle McIntosh
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