I am paraphrasing here but Ps. 56:8 seems to be saying;God hears the cries of his people. God hurts when his people hurt. God bottles every tear that his people have shed. As we experience life, there will most likely be a time when it seems like God is hiding His face from you. Many Psalms speak of this. Perhaps it will be a betrayal. Or bad news from a doctor. Maybe your world feels like it is crashing. Certainly if you read or hear the news many would say it is. I just received a prayer bulletin that says we must pray and reunite this nation or else. Remember however, even when it seems like he is hiding his face, He is working His grace to complete a beautiful work in you, in us. Our circumstances will change life will change , but in these moments God wants to change you more as we are held in the nail-pierced hands of the potter
Over the last 25 years of walking with Jesus, I have learned that God hasn’t wasted a single hurt, disappointment, or tragedy. With his nail-pierced hands, Jesus the potter has reached into the messy clay of my life and sculpted me. What looks impossible to human eyes looks like an opportunity for Jesus to do the him-possible and reveal his greatness to us. I know this to be true. I just need to be held together while the potter is lovingly, sovereignly, and meticulously working to transform me. Oh, in truth I at times fight the changes because with it means more responsibility to be like Jesus. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers” Rom. 8:28–29. In this time when things are astray look for the good. Look for the God who wants transformation in our lives. Ask yourself the tough questions about your relationship with the creator, how is Jesus showing us His cross. God is our hope so let us allow Him to mold us so we might love as He loves us. Let us stop the negativity and walk in the light of the one who created us.
Whatever trial you are facing today, hold on. Remember God’s faithfulness and trust in his goodness. Do not fall into the trap and join the many who want to persecute each other.Let us instead show hope, peace, joy and love to our community. See you later this morning.
Almighty and Holy God. You have given us all we need. You have taught us about how to love our neighbor, our friends and even our enemies. You have shown us the love you want us to give to others and especially back to you. Oh Lord, help me honor you with the hope I bring through Your Son Jesus. Help me to remain in You and not fall prey to the world around me. May the words of my mouth be pleasing to your lips my God. Father, I ask for the forgiveness of my sins. I ask for peace to continue to reign in my life and those around me. May I never take lightly that You have called me an heir. Lord, you know my heart as I lift this prayer to You in the name of Jesus. Amen
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Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006