The Ministries of our Church
Spotlight 5 12 2012
Blessed Sabbath, Berean! Our last “Spotlight” focused on the Israelites being warned about their impending captivity. It was beginning to dawn on them that Jeremiah was indeed telling the truth as the Chaldeans were before them, famine around them, and fear beside them. The Israelites cried out in the bitterness of their souls: “. . . THERE IS NO HOPE...” Feelings of hopelessness can do strange things to one’s psyche. After making this tragically sad statement, their very next words were, “But we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.” Jeremiah 18:12. Talk about giving up and giving in! The people had decided that it wasn’t worth it to serve the Lord. A sense of hopelessness had dulled their senses so much so that they “embraced” sin in all its ugly hues. How could they think that sinning could palliate their pain? You see, they were angry at God because He had sentenced them to 70 years of captivity because of their sins. But instead of submitting to their punishment with repentant hearts, they opted for more sinning. What irony!
God’s people had given up, but God hadn’t given up on them. Even with their sin-sick mentality, He continued to reach out to them. Even when all seemed dark and foreboding, and all hope was gone, God hadn’t forsaken them, and He hasn’t forsaken you. He loves you, and He cares about what you’re going through. Don’t give up, don’t give in. Listen to the Holy Spirit as He says: “. . . turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart; And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver: for they are vain. For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people.” I Samuel 12:20-22. Praise God!
Berean, we have the blessed privilege to help our children be in a learning environment that will teach them about God’s love, justice and mercy. We can do this by supporting Christian education. Let’s place our love gifts in the baskets that are brought to us by the children at Offering time or in a tithe envelope (indicate amount on the Education/ Scholarship line).