May 22, 2020
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. – John 14:1
All over America disciples of Christ are very troubled. We are being attacked by an unseen enemy. Believing seniors are dying disproportionately. Believing children are experiencing toxic shock. Fathers are being frustrated in their fundamental responsibility to feed their families. Mothers’ efforts to nurture are being negated. We cannot go to work! We cannot fellowship with our friends! We cannot come to the sanctuary and worship together! We are sad! We are anxious! We are troubled! In the midst of our anxiety, Jesus speaks to us as he spoke to the 12 gathered around the table in the upper room. Listen as he tells us: I’m still God! I’m still in control! I’m still able to provide for you. I’m still able to protect you. Let not your heart any longer be troubled!
Jesus reminds each and every one of us that he did not promise us a trouble-free existence. He told us we would encounter difficulties. He told us we would face hardships. Jesus told us we would have trouble in this world. But he said be of good cheer because I’ve overcome the world.
I have overcome all the evil forces that will come against you. I have overcome sexism. I have overcome racism. I have overcome materialism. I have overcome the world. In other words, stop worrying yourself about trials and tribulations. Understand the nature of the world. Things will not always be bright and cheery. There will be up times and there will be down times. But I oversee both the up and the down times. Yes, there is a virus but I’m in control of the virus. Yes, misguided men are trying to benefit from your hardship but I am in charge of misguided men. Yes, you feel like you are in a rudderless ship in the middle of a storm tossed sea but I’m in that ship with you. I know your heart is troubled. You are agitated! You are confused! You are perplexed! You are troubled! But stop being anxious and await my intervention. For they that wait on the Lord shall no longer be troubled. They that wait on the Lord shall be renewed. They shall mount up on wings like eagles; they shall run and not get weary, walk and not faint.
Will you wait on the Lord’s intervention?
Yours In Community Transformation.
Rev. Gillard S. Glover
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