Brothers and sisters,
Happy Monday to all! I pray your week has started well. We had a great time of worship and fellowship yesterday as we looked at Daniel 8. We thought about how at times in our lives, there are very dark days. There are many places in God’s Word given to us to prepare us for very dark and difficult days. We will have troubles, illnesses, tragedies and persecutions as we live in this world and as we follow Jesus. Jesus did not mislead us or tell us that “every day with Him would be sweeter than the day before.” Some days, months, and yes, even years will be very hard and difficult as we seek to live for His glory. We need to understand this because, if we don’t, we can become disillusioned with hard times and maybe even with God. However, God’s Word and promises prepare His people for the most difficult of times and God always provides His powerful presence to lead His children through those times. There will be times our emotions will lie to us and we don’t sense His presence. At those times we have to consciously remind ourselves of God’s promises and presence, because whether we sense His presence or not, God is with those who believe.
Love being your pastor!
Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church