new year message


Richard Exley, author of Decent Exposure, writes about a minister who returned to his pulpit just ten days after his son’s suicide. Under emotional duress he read his text: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Then he said, “I cannot make my son’s death fit into this passage. It’s impossible for me to see how anything good can come out of it. Yet I realize that I only see in part. I only know in part.”

 

He went on to liken it to the miracle of the shipyard. If you take any single part of an ocean-going vessel and throw it into the sea it will sink. Steel doesn’t float. But when the shipbuilders are finished and the last plate is riveted into place, the vessel becomes virtually unsinkable.
 
The pastor pointed out how, taken by itself, his son’s death was senseless. Thrown into the sea of Romans 8:28 it could only sink. However, he believed that when the Eternal Shipbuilder finally finished his work, this senseless tragedy would be redeemed.
 
That is the kind of TRUST we need to demonstrate as we enter a new year. By any secular point of view there is much cause for pessimism about 2009. But our outlook is not limited by temporal circumstances. While we are in the middle of a serious economic crisis, let’s rest assured that we have a great God who can make a ship out of any sinking life. I cannot tell you what the immediate future holds for you, but I know who holds your future in his hands. I hope you will TRUST him to keep your life afloat, no matter how turbulent the waters. 
 
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him.
Romans 15:13

written by my pastor Godfrey Hubert

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