Hope in Crisis
This is a brave new world we have been forced into. Digital church is nothing new, it has been around for over a decade; is just not something that we were extremely invested in here at FBC. Well, two weeks ago, that all changed and the world has gone very digital very quickly, leaving many of us spinning. Things do not look the same as they did two weeks ago!
These words from the Scriptures were originally written to Israel telling them a bad time coming. They would be captured, exiled, and those left would be carried off to serve as slaves in a foreigner country. Look at the promises of the Lord as you read through this passage of Scripture.
Isaiah 43:18-21, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.”
The prophet Isaiah was telling the people of how God would judge His people for their sin and how He would also restore them as well. Before any of the destruction
happened, the Lord was planning something new to grow out of the ashes.
The Lord instructs His people to move forward and not to dwell on the past. He lets His people know that things will be different from now on, and His water will still
quench thirsty souls. He promises to provide new streams and new sources of water in the wasteland and wilderness of the unknown future. The Lord will provide all that
we need, the very source of life, no matter what the present circumstances are like. Our Lord Jesus tells us that no matter what happens, good can come out of hard
John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
No matter what happens, this promise gives us hope that the Lord Jesus is in control. Do not forget what we are called to do, as a people redeemed through Christ to
proclaim His praise. We are called to continue to worship Him despite our circumstances! So, let us rise up and continue to praise Him through this pandemic. Let us continue to hold on to His promises and encourage others with the Word of God. Let us be the people of Hope!