Jan 8, 2021

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6
Sometimes when both the present and future looks bleak, we forget that God in Christ is with us. When we forget that we are benefited by a divine presence we become fearful. We seek secular rather than sacred resolutions to our problems. That is what king Ahaz did. He forgot that Judah had a special relationship with a God who was able to protect him. Rather than rely on God’s protection he used gold and silver from the holy Temple to purchase protection from Assyrian mercenaries. He was ruled by fear rather than secure in his faith in God.
Have you ever been there? So fearful of an earthly enemy that you forget about your eternal protector?
Have you been there? In such times not only do we want to know that God is with us but we also want to know that God is for us.
Many of us have lived long enough to know that everybody with you is not for you. Every pastor walking with the bishop is not for the bishop. Every steward walking with the pastor is not for the pastor. Everybody accompanying you may not be for you. Some of us need to know that not only is God with us, passively accompanying us as we go through the dread of existence, but that he is also for us and at some time will demonstrate his support for our cause. This text tells us that God is not only with us but that he is for us. That’s encouraging to know as we embark upon a brand-new year, God is for us.
Congress may not be acting in our best interest, but God is for us!
45 may not be concerned about us, but God is for us!
Those in control are plotting our demise, but God is for us!
We know God is for us because in the Christmas Event He caused the Holy Child to be born by natural means thereby identifying with our humanness so that he could reconcile us to the Father. In the Christmas Event he took off his uniform and put on our uniform and ran divine interference for us in the game of life.  He is our wonderful counselor who makes and executes plans that don’t fail. He’s our mighty God who fights our battles. He’s our Everlasting Father that provides and protects us. He’s our Prince of Peace that gives us peace that surpasses all understanding. This 2021 never forget that God is for us!
Yours In Community Transformation.

 Rev. Gillard S. Glover

 

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