Daily Devotional September 17, 2020

Yesterday, I taught two different Bible studies.  One was for the United Methodist Women.  While they are a very rough, tough crowd, I have to admit I love each of them.   Even though I was the one teaching the class, as usual, these wonderful women taught me something new.

The subject of discussion was the world wide pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands, upended routines, caused unemployment to skyrocket, pushed our economy off a cliff, kept families apart, and seems to be getting worse instead of better.  Could there be anything good coming out of this perfect storm?  Their collective answer was yes.

While in no way dismissing the pain that many are experiencing, each woman was able to list how they had experienced a blessing in the midst of these strange times.  Their words gave me a sense of hope and optimism I haven’t felt in a long time.  They reminded me of a core belief of Christianity.

For those who claim Jesus as Lord and Savior, we have a sense of hope that others do not.  This hope is not grounded in some sort of naive optimism, but instead, in the power of an all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving God.

God always brings good out of the bad.  That’s what the crucifixion is all about.  The most horrific event in the history of the universe has become our greatest blessing.  It shows us how wonderful and good our God is.

So today, as you face the many challenges waiting for you in these unprecedented times, know that your God is an active presence, working to bring good out of the bad.  Have hope.

This is God’s promise to you:  I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.”   (Jeremiah 29:11)

Because of our wonderful God, even in the darkest of clouds has a silver lining.  That’s a good thing.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in the midst of this world overflowing with chaos and confusion, fill me with hope, joy, and the resolve to do your will.  Use me to bring hope, peace, and healing to those in need.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

God will see you through this day.  All you have to do is trust.

On another note, the Regathering Task Force met earlier this week.  They unanimously voted to resume worship services in the sanctuary and praise and worship center on October 11.  That will be a great day.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins