Written for Our Learning
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
Romans 15:4 NKJV
As we continue our sermon series through the Minor Prophets called “Echoes from Exile: Prophetic Words for Troubled Times,” you are encouraged to read and study these prophets with us.
The Minor Prophets spoke the truth to people facing troubled times. Their messages were warnings and woes to Israel and her foes. They were given to provoke repentance and a return to true God worship. The things that happened were spoken and written to teach the next generation and the generations to follow to read and learn from these things. That is our goal with this series.
The last verse in Hosea states: “Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them. (14:9a) Joel begins with these words: “Has anything like this happened in your days, or even the days of your fathers? Tell your children about it, let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.” (1:2b-3)
This year has been a very trying year on so many levels. It seems every week brings new challenges and stressors.
Think about the major things: a global pandemic, financial collapse, total disruption of our everyday lives, business shutdowns, school closures, racial unrest, rioting and looting, earthquakes, hurricanes, massive forest fires, a desert dust cloud, and a bitterly divided country facing a contentious election.
Add to this list, the personal toll taken by the virus and lockdown: Deaths, health issues, loneliness, suicides, overdoses, violence, bankruptcies, anxiety, panic, fatigue, and fearfulness. To make matters worse, the church is limited in face to face ministry and gatherings. These are indeed troubled times.
Eventually 2020 will come to an end. A new year will come. A vaccine and better treatments will become available. The lockdown will be lifted. We will regather. The question will be, will we be a different kind of God worshipper?
God does not want us to be normal, He wants us to be a changed people, with changed hearts and changed attitudes. That is our prayer for you and me as individuals and us as a church family in this series and in our time of exile.
I love you and it’s a privilege to be your pastor.