On Sunday nights at Spring Meadows this year I have taken one book of the New Testament each week and done an overview of it. I’ve enjoyed this study and seems that our folks are too. This past week as I prepared I was struck by one of the things I love about the Word of God and the People of God and, well, about God. I’m in Titus. Paul says, I’m leaving you there with those old lying, drunken sailors (ref: 1:12 & historical note that Crete is where Rome gave retired military men land for good service), with legalistic judizaing hard-heads (1:13 & 16), with false teachers who have a mindset and record of ripping families and the church apart (1:10-11) and with things in total disarray (1:5) - that’s your station Titus. Enjoy.
But there’s more - and here’s the good part. I deeply love the optimistic outlook of God in His Word. Read chapter 1, verse 2: “That faith and that knowledge come from the hope for life forever, which God promised to us before time began. And God cannot lie.” I’m leaving you on an island with a bunch of savages, “supposed Christians” and a church in chaos - BUT God is a God of Hope and He has promised us it’s all gonna be OK.
This is just one example. You can find as many others as you can count. It never matters how dark the day is, you can find a ray of hope in the Word of Words. Before you were ever a believer, God was a Believer.
I don’t know what is going on in your life right now, in “your” church, in your world, in your family, in your head, with your faith, but I do know the God we serve and He is bigger and bolder and has already been to the future and He says it is all going to work out. And by the way, “He can’t lie” - so when He says this is all going to end in life eternal - it will - so breathe, trust, believe and rest in Him.