Pastor's Column - May 14, 2014
Sometimes within life, especially for the believer, as we encounter certain trials, we cry out for God. And, for some, it seems as if God is not near or is not listening.
At the outset, I want to challenge all believers: "Therefore, my brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord (1 Cor. 15:58)." I am challenging us to stand on the Word of God that "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." As sure as one is born there will be life challenges to face. But, to the believer that is grounded in Jesus, we are not alone.
The Hymnologist penned the words, "He promised Never to leave me, Never to leave me alone." The key is to establish and maintain an ongoing relationship with God by way of accepting Jesus as our Saviour. In this Christian race, we can not run it alone. Our focus must be on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith to help us along the way.
The Christian race is an individual race. No one can run our race except us. No matter how much a loved one loves us, the race is an individual one. We must also understand that the Christian race is not about speed, but rather about endurance. Those who will hang in there regardless of or in spite of challenges, persevering on to the end believing that when it is all said and done that God will fix and make all things new, per His Word in Revelation.
In Ecclesiastes Chapter 9 and verse 11, we find Solomon saying, "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."
From time to time, we want to hear from God. But, how does God speak to us nowadays? God is able and does speak to us in a multitude of ways such as through the Bible, through Jesus, through the Preacher, through songs, through other believers and through circumstances and/or situations just to name a few. The list is endless.
As we continue to grow spiritually, we learn more and more how to discern His voice.
Rev. Herman Wallace is the pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Blackville.