Usually Jack Meehan writes this article for the newsletter. My only guess is that he wanted to share some of his glory with me with an invitation to mix it up and take turns bringing some encouraging thoughts to you in this space in the newsletter.
I'm sure he was in no way influenced at all by that Paper-Rock-Scissors game that I lost...
For those of you that do not get, or appreciate my humor, I apologize to you in advance, AND for the previous attempt.
Isn't it good to see the weather changing! Although fall is my favorite time of year, these spring days are a close second. And as I walk hand in hand with my wife,
in our yard,
looking at the trees,
arguing about how to properly prune a young tree,
- a tree is constantly growing, people! It's not going to look good when it's a bunch of spindly little sticks 3 inches off the ground! *Barney Fife voice* NIP IT IN THE BUD!
Spring time. It has a way of making you appreciate creation a little more.
A thought that comes to mind when looking at it comes from Hebrews 4:13 "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight." On a sunny day, with no wind, and birds chirping, I think – God made this. He sees all of this. And then I realize the rest of the verse says "Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account."
We will have to give an account. What we do and say is permanent. And that is a sobering thought.
Don't worry. I didn't change this to "Elder's sobering thoughts" Because the encouraging part is on the way!
Verse 14-16 says "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
Now that is an encouragement to me. These verses tell us that Jesus was God and man in a clear way. We can't say to God, "You don't know what it's like!", because he knows exactly what it's like to be human.
Then it says that we can "approach the throne of grace with confidence". Who does that make you think of? We just learned about Esther in a sermon series. She boldly approached a throne to receive mercy and help in a time of great need.
So that's what I have for you. If you feel like you have fallen too far from God, or are feeling particularly unworthy, go read Hebrews 4:13-16.
Do you have a great need? (We all do. A need to escape what we deserve.) For the christian, we have an inside man who cares about the details of your life!
I know this sounds cliché, but it won't if you have a need. Jesus is here. Approach him with confidence! He will not turn you away.