Writings from L. J. Thomas, Pastor
Lord, we cannot read about the failures and difficulties of others without being reminded of our own. We bring them all to You, seeking forgiveness and Your power for a fresh start. In many of his difficulties, David turned to the Lord “With your help I can advance against a troop (run through a barricade); with my God I can scale a wall” (2 Samuel 22-30). Perhaps we identify with David’s struggles because he, like us, was far from perfect. Yet he knew that God was greater than the most chaotic parts of his life. With David we can say, “As for God, his way is perfect: the Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him” (v. 31). And that includes us! Life is messy, but God is greater than the mess.
It’s not too late to make a fresh start with God.
Thank You, Lord, for the gift of Your Word. Thank You for its truth, its timelessness, and the guidance You give us by that Word. Help us believe and trust everything You say. The psalmist wrote: “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens” (Psalm 119:89). But it is more than the word of the Lord; it is His very character. That is why the psalmist could also say, “Your faithfulness continues through all generations” (v. 90). As we face devastating experiences, we can define them either in terms of despair or of hope. Because God will not abandon us to our circumstances, we can confidently choose hope. His enduring Word assures us of His unfailing love.
We can trust God’s unchanging Word.