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Submitted by: Ali Gooderham

It seems so crazy to think that it has been 6 months since our world seemed to be turned upside down.
Six months of questions without any real answers.
Six months of wondering when or if things will ever be back to “normal”.
Six months of uncertainty, upheaval, chaos, and nervousness not knowing what the future will look like.
Will we ever be done with 6 feet apart?
Will we ever be able to worship together as a whole body singing and praising the Lord with one voice?
Will the day come when we will be able to hop on a plane again, and go away without the worry of having to isolate for 2 weeks after returning home?

These are just a few of the questions that have been rolling around in my mind lately, and to be perfectly honest with you, many times they have consumed my mind. These questions that I don’t and will never have the answers to, have caused me to be anxious, fearful, angry, and depressed. I keep telling myself to let it go…it’s out of my circle of control, and for a time, I do but it seems I allow them to keep coming back.
I don’t think I’m alone in this.
I think there are a lot of people struggling with life as we know it.

I recently heard a message on contentment.
Contentment amidst the chaos.
The pastor referred to Phillipians 4:11, where Paul says “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”
Paul had gotten to the point where he had learned, but I am still learning. It’s a process, and for me, I believe it will be a life-long process. I’m not sure I will ever be able to put the -ed in the place of -ing.

Being content in my circumstance does not mean that I stand still and do nothing. That is not what God is calling us to do.
I need to have an active contentment.
A contentment that drives me to action.

2 Timothy 4:2-5
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

This is the action that we are called to.
God is calling me. God is calling you.
Today, more than ever before, people need the Lord.

Instead of keeping my eyes on my circumstance I need to turn them to Jesus. To the One who holds all the answers. I need to exercise my faith and believe that He is in control. I need to stand on His promises and do what I am called to do…bring others to Him. Instead of focusing my energy on what is outside of my circle of control, I need to reel in my emotions, give them to God, and get busy doing the things within my circle of control, the things that He is calling me to.
There is so much work to be done, and if we as children of God don’t do it, then who will?

I need this active contentment.

Joni Eareckson Tada said:
“I want to stay in the habit of ‘glancing’ at my problems and ‘gazing’ at my Lord.”
I love that.
Glance at my problems, because they will always be there, but gaze at my Lord because He is bigger than any problem and He too will always be there.

May we be faithful to living our lives in active contentment.