WLCC’s sermon series “Living in God’s Blessing- Part 2”
It’s a different life
We are now several weeks into “Covid-19 life.” Most of us are not crazy about this new normal but we have made adjustments. We are social distancing, we are staying at home, we are ordering food for take-out or delivery, we are watching church online, we are watching way too much Netflix, we are putting puzzles together, we are watching reruns of sporting events, and, you fill in the blank, _____________ . We miss hugging friends and family that don’t live in our home. We miss our favorite restaurants. We miss movie theaters and their popcorn. We miss live sports.
It’s a different life, and it’s one we did not choose. Didn’t we all think that we were in control of our lives – at least a little bit? Now we know that most of our sense of control was an illusion. I started thinking, “What’s the opposite of ‘control’?” I think it is surrender. In our marriages, I think it is letting go of everything we want to control and putting it in God’s hands. It is looking to Him together every day. He truly has all the answers. He is always in control. No matter what happens, our security is in Him. He is our way out today, tomorrow and every day after that – COVID-19 or not!
Today’s One Thing: Together surrender everything to God and let Him show you together the way out!
DON’T JUST SURVIVE! – Your Marriage Was Meant To Thrive!
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Our Daily Bread
The singing revolution
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God………..Psalm 42:5
What does it take to ignite a revolution? Guns? Bombs? Guerrilla warfare? In late-1980s Estonia, it took songs. After the people had lived under the burden of Soviet occupation for decades, a movement began with the singing of a series of patriotic songs. These songs birthed the “Singing Revolution,” which played a key role in restoring Estonian independence in 1991.
“This was a non-violent revolution that overthrew a very violent occupation,” says a website describing the movement. “But singing had always been a major unifying force for Estonians while they endured fifty years of Soviet rule.” Music can also play a significant part in helping us through our own hard times. I wonder if that’s why we so readily identify with the psalms. It was in a dark night of the soul that the psalmist sang, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:5). It was in a season of deep disillusionment that Asaph, the worship leader, reminded himself, “Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart” (73:1).
In our own challenging times, may we join the psalmists with a singing revolution for our hearts. Such a revolution overwhelms the personal tyranny of despair and confusion with faith-fueled confidence in God’s great love and faithfulness. By Bill Crowder
REFLECT & PRAY: Father, I thank You that Your mercies are new every morning and Your faithfulness is great. Empower me to sing the song of Your great love—even when I must sing it through my tears.
Credit: Our Daily Bread