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As our Aussie farmers wilt under the pressures of this latest drought in our land, we are reminded again of our dependence on God for all our everyday needs.
So what are we to make of this drought? What is God doing in our sunburnt country?
Well, we must remember Jesus’ words that God “sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45)
God is the one who brings rain, and as he does so, it affects both those who are righteous in his eyes, as well as those who have turned their backs on God.
But for us who are righteous, “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
It is good and right for us to pray for rain for our land, and as we do so we should remember that God is in control and that he works through so called ‘natural’ events for the good of us who have been called to love him.
Tomorrow at 10am at St Andrew’s Cathedral Sydney, 35 men and women will be ordained as deacons for service in the Anglican church, including our own Adam Hotson.
Apart from gaining a ‘Rev.’ at the start of their name and permission to wear a ‘dog collar’, ordinands are officially given a copy of the Bible as a symbol of the heart of their mission: to teach the word of God to the world of God.
Bible teachers are literally a gift to us from God, but the responsibility is one that must not be taken lightly.
As James 3:1 says, “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”
So, let us pray for the 35 ordinands, and for all men and women who teach God’s word from the pulpit to the playground; from the hotel to the hospital; from the kids’ group to the café.
Let us pray to God, (using the words from the Book of Common Prayer), that he will so replenish them with the truth of his doctrine, and adorn them with innocency of life, that, both by word and good example, they may faithfully serve him in their ministry, to the glory of his Name, and the edification of his Church.