This post was written in 2013.
On March 17, 2013 I stood in the pulpit at Hopewell Baptist Church in Alvord, Texas for the first time as their pastor. As I reflect on my first two months, I have come to realize some great truths from God’s Word that I wanted to relay to you. I pray that these truths encourage you today.
God is Faithful. The Bible says in Lamentations 3:22-23, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed. Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” It is refreshing to know that no matter what happens around us we have God’s perfect faithfulness to sustain us and comfort us.
God wants Patience. Patience, for me, is one of the hardest spiritual fruits to demonstrate. I know that I struggle with an immediate results mentality. However, the more I study God’s Word the more I come to realize that my timetable is not important and that I need to constantly submit my will to the will of God. Psalm 46:10 tell us, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Each day I strive to silence my mind so that I can hear and see where God is moving.
God’s Word is Sufficient. Every week I am honored with the task of preaching God’s Word and every week I leave my study dumbfounded by rich treasure founded in the text. The Psalmist describes God’s Word as being more desirable than gold and sweeter than honey (Psalm 19:10). I am learning that the only thing I need to sustain me throughout my walk with Christ is the wonderful riches of God’s Word.
These are just three simple truths that I have been thinking about these past 8 weeks. I pray that they have encouraged you and challenged you to serve Jesus Christ in a greater way today.