Sunday, November 8, 2015
“There is never a moment when God is not in control. Relax! He’s got you covered.” ― Mandy Hale
The power has been going off and on all night and the internet as well. For most folks in industrialized countries, power and internet are givens as there are back up systems and fail-safe servers to keep everything running. Yet, even the best systems cannot handle ice storm power failures or failures from tsunamis, tornados, hurricanes, or even the occasional huge power failure that wipes out whole areas of first world countries. These are rare but they do occur. I was once complaining to one of my congregations about all the things that had caused interruptions in my schedule and caused me problems when a member of choir behind me shouted out, “What’s your point?” Her meaning was plain, we all have things to complain about, but what have we done to correct it and what are we going to do about changing things? This brings me to my point about power and internet. The power and internet that we rely on are products of human hands, and no human hands can build anything that can withstand the awesome and terrible things that can attack whatever we mere humans have put together. However, there is a power that is infallible, unbreakable, that can withstand any power that is pitted against it, and it is a power that is available to each and every one of us. It is the power of faith and hope in God and His power and mercy and love. God provides the safety and security that we need more than ever today. To say that we are living in changing times is to make the understatement of the day. We live today in what is referred to as the information age, and we all know how these innovations have changed our lives. From the way we communicate with each other today, to the way we keep our books, to the way we do business and shop, seemingly everything today is changing – almost every day. To help bring us to the connection between all of this and ourselves and the anchor that God gives us to hold our ship steady no matter what the storm, this is what we read in Galatians 3: 29: “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” That’s how it is that we read here in our text: “God did this so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offer to us may be greatly encouraged” (V. 18) In a world of all kinds of change and uncertainty and fear and breakneck speed, Christ is the anchor of our soul. In the face of all the questions, which are asked from a number of different perspectives – For example: How long will the good times continue? What if global warming produces all of the dire things some predict? Is there going to be widespread drought and starvation? Or, from a much more personal point of view: What are we going to do when our health fails, or if we meet with a catastrophic accident? What will happen when we, or a loved one, dies? I say, in the face of all of those questions and many, many more which all of us face in everyday life, we have an anchor in Christ, firm and secure. Put all your faith and hope in Him and His promises. We are standing on His promises, on the rock upon which our hearts hold fast. And you can take that to the bank where you will get 100% interest because the love of God knows no bounds and can withstand any storm. No power from God is ever interrupted or broken and He offers it to you if you will but accept it. It’s called faith and there is nothing stronger in this universe.