Devotion for Tuesday, July 28 from Pastor Andrew Moore
Hello there! Pastor Andrew here to offer some encouragement, hopefully some insight, and some observation.
We’ve just started a short series rooted in the book of Revelation called ‘Letters to the Churches’. The book of Revelation is one of the most controversial and unique books of the New Testament, and yet it’s the only book where we are said to be blessed just for reading it. It literally tells us to read the words in the book and we’ll be blessed, and I have to confess, it’s one of the least read books of the Bible for me… God, why would You tell us to read something, and then make it so hard to understand?
When I was in seminary, my father in law told me ‘if you ever figure out Revelation, let me know, because I’m totally lost’. If we’re honest, that’s probably how most of us feel reading the book. And if we’re painfully and beautifully honest, maybe that’s how many of us are feeling about the current state of our country and of the world.
Even so, as we dive into the Book of Revelation, we are following the risen Lamb into the New Creation, and we sense from all the imagery in the book that something isn’t right with the world. That much is clear. It’s pretty clear looking around us that things are still not right with the world. And at the end of the Book of Revelation, there’s a beautiful unveiling of a future where things are right with the world. As sure as we are that the tomb is empty and that Christ is risen, we must be sure that we will also rise, and that God will make all things new.
It’s been more than 4 months since Michigan entered into a State of Emergency, and I have a feeling that we’re not out of the woods yet. And still we know that Christ is risen. Still we know that God is at work through His people. Still we know that we will endure today because our eternity is secure. Still we can be certain of what we hope for and sure of what we don’t see. Still we can have faith, because as Pastor Greg so beautifully said when he wrapped up our series on Judges, God is faithful, even when we are not.
God is faithful yesterday, today, and forever.
Remember, if you ever need to pray or talk, call the office here at Community, and any of your pastors would be happy to talk!
Praying for you, brothers and sisters! And just because this face cheers me up daily, here’s a picture of our little Elliot, who is discovering God’s wonderful grace even without understanding it!