Thousand Hills Baptist Association
Friday, March 23, 2018

Monthly Message from the Director of Missions

March 2018

It's not easy being a believer in Jesus in an unbelieving world. I found that out on a recent day where it seemed everywhere I turned people were mocking Godly values, opposing wise counsel and opposing the work of the Lord and His church. I know you have experienced those kind of days also.

Where do you turn when the storms of life seem to overwhelm you?

Recently I was studying a Sunday school lesson and I read the verse Psalms 42:6 (HCSB) "I am deeply depressed; therefore I remember You from the land of Jordan and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar." Mt. Mizar is in the upper Jordan River valley in Israel and it is the source of the headwaters of the river that sustains the country of Israel. It is viewed as a good place for the Hebrew people. The psalmist remembered worshipping God in those beautiful mountains. But now he is in a depressed place. Things are not going so well for Israel.

I could identify with the Psalm writer's feelings. He went on to say " Deep calls to deep in the roar of Your waterfalls; all Your breakers and Your billows have swept over me" (Psalms 42:7). Have you ever been in a "storm of life?" Waves are crashing around you and you don't know how you are going to survive. It's tough to stay focused on the goodness of God isn't it?

The psalm goes on to promise "The LORD will send His faithful love by day;* His song will be with me in the night —a prayer to the God of my life." God is faithful and He will be with us in the dark times of our lives.

Health problems, marriage problems, church problems, interpersonal conflicts--these things all trouble us. But there is hope in "The Lord." He loves us with "faithful love" The Hebrew word "hesed" means "God's loving kindness." And everywhere I look, I see and feel a need for a touch of "hesed." Don't let life's storms overwhelm you. Our unbelieving culture will someday see the need for Jesus. Look up brothers and sisters! God loves us and cares for us with faithful love.