10.30.2020 Pastor's Note | Circumstances Change

Updated: Nov 12

1 When the LORD changed Zion’s circumstances for the better,

it was like we had been dreaming.

2 Our mouths were suddenly filled with laughter;

our tongues were filled with joyful shouts.

It was even said, at that time, among the nations,

“The LORD has done great things for them!”

3 Yes, the LORD has done great things for us, and we are overjoyed.

4 LORD, change our circumstances for the better,

like dry streams in the desert waste!

5 Let those who plant with tears the harvest with joyful shouts.

6 Let those who go out, crying and carrying their seed,

come home with joyful shouts, carrying bales of grain!

(Psalm 126)

Good Day Family,

Circumstances Change

There’s an old expression that says, “trouble don’t last always.” It is a reminder that circumstances change. What we go through today will be a memory tomorrow. We can also look back over our lives and see what God has brought us through. We can look toward the future with hope as the words from the prophet Jeremiah ring in our spirits,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

The words of this psalm begin as if the circumstances have changed, but it’s clear in the next few verses that the change had not yet taken place. Still, there is confidence that God will answer their prayers and their joy is anticipatory. They expect better. What do we expect?

We know that these days we are experiencing require us to confront challenges. As we near the final days of voting, we may be concerned about the response to the results or the potential delay as results are tabulated. Tension around the country is palpable, but God is still God. We are empowered to act, but our help still comes from the Lord. We have dominion, responsibility and care over the earth, but the Creator is still sovereign over all creation. These are trying times, but the Lord has done, and continues even in pandemic, to do great things for us. Let us immerse ourselves in the joy of the Lord, our strength and our redeemer.

With joy!

Be well,

Pastor Cheryl


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