Devotional for Sunday 20th September
This devotional for Sunday 20th September has been produced by the North East Circuit for use in their churches, and is made available for any churches/individuals who would like to use it this weekend.
The area in which all the North East Circuit churches are found is now in a local lockdown, and we join many of our Connexional churches in such a situation.
So how do we respond? At one level not much may change for us as churches as we adapt once more, but as individuals our freedoms to socialise are inhibited once more.
So how do we respond?
Bible Reading – Habakkuk 3: 17 – 19 (New International Version)
17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour.
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.
Hymn: Great is Thy faithfulness
No sooner are we finding our feet to the ‘new normal’ and here we are in a local lockdown, with potentially more severe restrictions on their way. Yet, as the children of God we can sing, “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Our cup may appear to be empty, we see little prospect of hope yet we can “rejoice in the Lord” (v 18).
Well, verse 19 has the answer, “The Sovereign Lord is my strength.”
By recognising the faithfulness of God in each and every situation we learn to trust in God and build a confidence in God’s wisdom and His love for us.
Our New Silksworth Church has Ebenezer as part of its name. Samuel memorialized the victory against the Philistines and set a stone between Mizpeh and Shen, and in 1 Samuel 7:12 he tells us he “named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.'”
As we endure a new phase of lockdown can we rest and trust in God, to say and to know, “Thus far the Lord has helped us” and to know the Sovereign Lord is our strength as face more uncertain times in the days that lie ahead?
O God our Heavenly Father, we thank you for the strength we find in knowing You, the help you continue to be and the hope that brings. Thank you too for Your faithfulness.
Help us as we continue to navigate this ever changing path to demonstrate and show that we belong to You.
Be with those who continue to need our prayers and especially the decision makers, the workers, those struggling with health issues and those in mourning.
In the name of Jesus we offer these prayers. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and forever. Amen.