Work With God
God wants us to work with him. The Lord God Almighty is calling us to follow Jesus, today! This is our work. This call is evergreen and it applies just as much now as at any time.
You may have noticed rainbows in the windows as you have been out and about. School children have been putting their rainbow designs on display. Whatever the children are being taught (and I don't know what that is) the rainbow is God's ancient promise - a sign that reminds us that God is faithful and keeps all his promises.
We are living in strange times and the God who keeps his promises wants us to work with him.
It is not our job to explain what is going on. It is not even our job to explain God's purposes (these are often too high for us to understand).
What is our job is to work with him, the God who keeps his promises. How do we do this? By trusting in his son. By taking his words to heart and living by them. These two verses are good examples:
Each day has enough trouble of its own
Take up your cross and follow me
I was recently given a quote by a former school teacher of mine, Andy Cox. Mr Cox played a key role in our school Christian Union (CU) and he also played a key role in the formation of my faith. The quote he gave me came from Martin Luther, from the time when the Back Death was raging across Europe. It seems well suited to our day:
I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbour needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy...
Martin Luther in a letter to Dr Hess entitle "Whether One May Flee From a Deadly Plague"
Let us keep trusting Jesus, not being brash nor foolhardy, but following Jesus where he leads us.
Please keep reaching out, by letter, by phone & online. Keep on thinking of others before yourselves and keep on loving one another as Jesus has loved us.
And finally, for this Easter letter, let us listen to him. This is the mountain top message from the Lord God Almighty, his words to the disciples as Jesus' glory is revealed, these words prepare us for Easter and whatever is to come.
"Listen to him"
With love in Christ