- Who we are
- What we do
These are not words we often hear in our current circumstances!
Indeed, even when our lives are ‘normal’ there are always lingering “What if….” questions. “What if I get a serious health diagnosis?” “What if I fall into some really bad sin?” “What if……….?”
We like to know, we long for certainty and predictability, but if there is one thing we can be certain of in life it is….. uncertainty!
What is the answer? Looking at ourselves and our circumstances will only breed doubt, dissatisfaction and even fear. We don’t have the control we crave….and we are not meant to have it!
Focusing on God’s promises is the key.
It is trusting in the eternal God with whom there is ‘no variation or shifting shadow‘ (James 1:17), and who is ‘the same yesterday, today and forever’ (Hebrews 13:8). God’s character doesn’t change!
It is trusting in the eternal God ‘who works all things after the counsel of His own will‘ (Ephesians 1:11). God is all-powerful and in total control!
It is trusting in the eternal God who will not allow anything in our lives, past, present or future…..or even our death to separate us from the love He has for us in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39). God’s love for us is unbreakable!
You see, we do not know what the future holds for us globally, nationally or personally, but we do know Who holds the future….and that is sufficient for us to live confident, secure and faithful lives for the glory of our loving Saviour.
– PHIL PRATT
Most of us are “keeping our heads down” so to speak, during this covid crisis. So what do you do when you are “locked down”? Well St Paul sets a good example – he did some serious reading whilst in prison! How do I know this? Because of something he wrote to his friend Timothy.
“When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments” (2 Timothy 4:13). Why did he want the scrolls and parchments? To read, of course!
I know many of us have been reading, because our bookstall stock became seriously depleted. But in the last couple of weeks I have been able to restock, and have a number of new titles. Now is a great time to choose some books to read yourself, or to give away. How often the gift a well chosen book can be a real blessing for someone’s birthday or Christmas.
There is a great series of children’s books called ‘Tales that Tell the Truth’. Well presented and illustrated Bible stories like – “The Storm that Stopped”, “The One O’Clock Miracle” and my favourite “The Friend Who Forgives”.
If you like biographies, try Metaxas’ works on Martin Luther and Dietrich Bonhoeffer (which will keep you quiet for a while), or his smaller book “Seven Men and the Secret of their Greatness”. Others authors will introduce you to William Wilberforce; Arthur Stace (Mr Eternity); Susannah Spurgeon; John MacArthur and more.
Keeping up our daily reading of the Bible should be front of mind always, and you will find a range of help options, including the small “10 of Those” series – generally about 20 to 50 readings with one day per opening, making them interesting and challenging for those with not a lot of time.
We also have the popular daily reading books “The Way of Wisdom” (Proverbs) and “My Rock My Refuge” (Psalms) which take about a year to go through, and some helpful books by John Piper.
And remember, there are less than 160 days to Christmas!
– JOHN WILSON