Perspectives with Rev. Duncan Perry


Life Changes, God Doesn't

I have been sitting on my deck the past few days enjoying the beautiful scenery, the warm breezes and the glorious sunshine.  Today as I once again sit here seeing green grass, luscious leafy trees, and the spectacular St. Lawrence River, my mind wanders back to a few months ago when the area was knee deep in snow and nothing seemed to be alive here.  

I remember when talking to people about the past winter, the refrain was almost always the same.  Winter came early and just kept on coming and coming and coming.  Some wondered if it would ever end.

Life is like that sometimes as well.  We go through seasons of struggle.  Maybe a time of sickness or a strained relationship, and we wonder if things will ever be good again.  

I thought of a song that was sung by Waylon Jennings years ago.  The lyrics were written by David M. Potter.  Storms never last do they baby?  Bad times will pass with the winds. Your hand in mine steals the thunder.  You make the sun want to shine.

I hope that none of you will be offended because I am going to draw a  Biblical truth from a Country and Western song. 

God’s truth can come to us in various forms.  You see, we all have trouble in this life.  In fact, one of the last things that Jesus spoke to His disciples, just before he was crucified, is about this very thing.  

John’s Gospel Ch 16 verse 33 tells us the word of Jesus.  Here is what He said, “In the world you have tribulation,” that is trouble, turmoil, persecution, hurt, etc, “but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” 

In other words He says to us, don’t let the trouble that you will experience in this world overcome you.  I am in charge, I will be with you.  In fact, at least four places in the Bible, Deut. 31:6, 8, Joshua 1:5, and Hebrews 13:5, God tells us “He will never leave or forsake,” those who are His.  

I think David Potter had something when he penned the words, “your hand in mine steals the thunder, you make the sun want to shine.”  

That’s what it means to trust in God.  This doesn’t mean that we won’t experience some troublesome times. Jesus tells us differently.  When we know that He is with us, He is holding our hand, He is leading the way, we no longer have to fear what man or sickness can do to us.  

Even if sickness kills ours bodies, it cannot destroy our souls if our hope and trust is in Him who created us and loved us so much that He died to redeem us from our sinful state.

If you are reading this and you are experiencing trouble of any kind, small or great, why not call out to Jesus. He will not force Himself on you but He waits to hear your cry and He will  be there to help, if you will only trust Him.  

An old hymn has the words, “Hold to God’s unchanging Hand, build your hope on things eternal, Hold to God’s unhanging Hand”. 

Why not call out to Him today and trust Him with your life and experience Him in your trouble.  Blessings on you.

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