Reverend Tina Burgess.........................07909107404
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Happy New Year!
I don’t know in what circumstances you have begun 2020, but I know for sure that at some point this coming year (maybe lots of points) you will face doubt….doubt in the circumstances surrounding you and doubts in your own minds. You see, doubt afflicts us all. I don’t think any of could claim to have a perfect faith and while questioning can be healthy and lead us into new understanding, doubt can act like a block in the road and eat away our confidence in God.
So, what do we do with our doubt? I came across a very helpful illustration this morning which can help us deal with our doubt.
The speaker asked us to picture the ocean…and to look at the surface of the ocean. Living in Redcar, we have that wonderful ability right on our doorstep. Often, we can see the sea’s waves rolling and undulating. I don’t think I have ever seen the sea in Redcar still and serene but sometimes the sea’s surface can be like this. On stormy days the surface of the sea is whipped up into tall angry waves, foaming and crashing into one another out across the bay. Whether rolling or fierce, the surface of the sea is constantly moving. And our lives can be like that…like the surface of the sea. But, at any time, if we go down deep enough in the sea, it is just as still as it can be.
And the speaker’s point was this, that we need to learn to live a little bit deeper…and that that is how God wants us to live…deep enough in Him that we are not knocked off course, distracted, hindered or road-blocked by any doubt that comes our way. In fact, to dive deeper into faith, she encouraged us to ‘doubt our doubts!’
I hope and pray that 2020 will be a blessed year for you but if there are times when you find yourself struggling to believe in God’s goodness or in His love for you or in His ability or willingness to change a situation…go deeper. Turn off your worry and go deeper into His word and deeper in prayer, for it is there we will find the stillness, calm and strength of God holding us. And that will be enough to carry us through any situation we may face.
At the beginning of a new year, Christians often like to take a word of scripture as a word of encouragement for the year. Here is one which we can hold together as a word from God to help us go deeper with Him this year.
“Cast all your cares, all your anxieties, all your worries and all your concerns, once and for all, on Him, for He cares about you with deepest affection and watches over you very carefully.” 1Peter 5:7 Amplified Bible