Oct 14, 2020 | Rev. Kerry Carson

Like Sunshine Breaking Through

Hi, and thanks for joining me today on a 'Walk of Faith'!

Do you find yourself, from time to time, feeling a little overwhelmed and wondering if there's any hope of a brighter future? The weight of the world seems to be pressing down on you and its hard to just get through today let alone think about tomorrow? 

I'd like to give you a verse from the Old Testament to to think about and meditate on and keep in the forefront of your mind as you're going through your day today and in the days to come, for I think you'll find great comfort in it. And I'll tell you a little bit more about where it originated from and how it might apply in our situations today. But hear these words from Jeremiah chapter 29 and verse 11:

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord. 'Plans for your welfare and not for evil; to give you a future and a hope.'"

The prophet Jeremiah was living and writing in a very difficult time when the people of God refused to follow God's laws and obey God's commands. They were turning to other gods and other peoples rather than to God for their source of inspiration and way of life. And so Jeremiah, in the midst of anticipating and experiencing God's judgement on the sins of the people of God, writes this verse as a way of reminding them that even though they find themselves in the midst of difficulty today, that there is an overall plan of God calling them to himself as a covenant relationship and that all will be right in the end. If we can survive today and learn to trust God in the midst of it, that tomorrow will be brighter and our future is secured in him.

We need to hear those words today as we live through the oppressions of the political time we're in and the pandemic of COVID-19 and all the other stresses and strains of life that at times seem to overwhelm us. But be of good cheer, because God's got us in his hand, and the world in his hand, and he knows exactly how this all turns out. 

And our task is to trust God, that God has our best in mind. And as we do that, we begin to see rays of hope breaking through those dark clouds of depression and oppression that we face each day. So look for that sunshine and that light that comes only from God, our Father in Heaven. 

Have a great day and be safe!

~ Pastor Kerry

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