Hello Members and Friends of Son Light,
Isn’t it a bit ironic how our circumstances change our perspective. There were many weeks not that long ago which were so busy that I just wished for a night at home. Now I’m looking for any reason to leave the house. And I know that many, if not all, of you are thinking the same thing.
Easter seems so far away (like over a year!) and as we continue to deal with this pandemic there are still so many more questions than answers. And I must confess to you that I am very tired of hearing “we’ll get through this.” I know it’s meant to be an encouragement but the truth is that we won’t get through this, not on our own.
If you’ve been worshipping with us online you know that we are in a sermon series based on the 40 days between Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. It’s instructive to us to see how those individuals who encountered Jesus reacted, but in reality it’s our response that matters. Our focus this week is recognizing the presence of Jesus. Are you aware this moment of the presence of Jesus in your life?
So many people think the saying, “God helps those who help themselves” is in the Bible. It most definitely is not! The prevailing theme of the entire Bible is that God helps those who cannot help themselves. Paul wrote, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV)
Paul’s strength was not his own, for he was not strong enough to overcome his calamities. Neither are we strong enough. But through the power and strength of Christ we will overcome. The prophet Isaiah recorded, “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.” (Isaiah 40:29 ESV)
Friends, through our dedicated time in the Word of God and our time of prayer we, too, can obtain the courage, strength and power to “get through this.” The same power that brought Jesus out of the tomb will carry you through the hardships and calamities of this time. Call upon the Lord and acknowledge His presence today.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10 ESV)
In Christ's Love,
Michael Nolt, Pastor