"He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning." Daniel 2:21 (NIV)
As I read this verse in my quiet time last Monday, I looked out the window. The temperature was -10° with a wind chill of -32°. Twelve inches of snow was blowing around and making four-foot drifts. I thought to myself, “Please, Lord, change the season. Bring back the 80° temperatures and the green grass.” I know that He could if He wanted to, but God knows that just as the seasons change, so do the circumstances and events in our lives. We would not appreciate the spring if we did not have the winter. Each season shapes our character and molds and determines our will. Yes, it is winter, but spring time is coming. How do we get by until then?
By seeking and discerning God’s will for us. He toughens us up so we can serve Him better. Trust Him today so you can serve Him tomorrow.
As we start this new year of 2014, I want to encourage you to trust God more. Each year, each day, each moment is an opportunity to give God control of your life. It can only happen one second at a time.
I am starting a new sermon series in 2014 called “Work As Worship”. We spend so much of our life working and sometimes let it become a drag on our spiritual growth. Many see work as a place to “show up and put my hours in to get a paycheck”. Some see it as an annoying place filled with people that we don’t even like. I want to challenge you to see it as a place to practice your worship. I will be encouraging you to view your workplace or school as a place to express your God-given gifts and abilities. Work is a place to practice being who God created you to be.
As we kick off this new year, I want to encourageyou to join a LIFEgroup. Several will be starting in a few weeks and you don’t want to miss out. LIFEgroups are a great way to make lasting friendships, study the Word of God, and receive support and prayer in your area of need. Sign up today and receive a blessing.
As we look back on 2013, we can see that it was a year of many blessings and challenges. We can also see where God put His hand on us and guided us even when we could not see it ourselves. We came out of 2013 better and stronger as a family of faith.
I know that God has blessings and challenges for us in 2014. We will delight in the good and lean on Him during the bad. Whatever may come, God will be there to help guide us along the way. Happy New Year!
See you in church,