Trouble, turmoil…. trust
Last week we had our Morinda Carols, which is basically a carols’ service in the local nursing home, here in Whitfield. It was a good roll-up of people, about sixty came along. And I’d say it was one of the best carols we’ve had there: the staff had everything beautifully set up for us, with two nativity scenes at the front, one in each corner; and the residents who attended were certainly very keen to participate: crowd participation was an all-time high!
The leading of this service and the message given at this service were certainly not monologues: they were dialogues and good ones at that. Yes, something special was going on; God’s Spirit was at work.
But God’s Spirit was also at work after the Carols. Someone commented how lovely it is to celebrate the message of Christmas, by singing all these carols especially Joy to the World, as sadly we live in a world full of trouble and turmoil. And someone then asked for prayer as a member of their family is going through a very difficult time at the moment and they’re trusting God in it, but finding it a real test to trust him through it. And so we prayed together.
I suppose such times are a real test aren’t they? The test of one’s genuine faith is that when we go through trouble or experience turmoil we will still trust God, and especially trust him when it doesn’t work out as we’d hoped.
Friends, Jesus clearly tells us that in this world we will have trouble (John 16:33) and there will be turmoil (Matthew 24:7); and a very close friend of Jesus also tells us that all these sorts of trials come our way to prove that our trust is genuine (1 Peter 1:7).
As we sing the various carols over this Christmas period, may your trust in the Lord be always proven genuine, resulting in much glory going to him, as we walk through this world of much turmoil and as we experience personal troubles ourselves. Stand firm. Trust him. And you will be saved. (Matthew 24:13).
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