What a good and great God we serve! For many of us, this last year and a half has proven to be very difficult. For some, the difficulties related to the pandemic, for others, like myself, the trials had little to do with COVID-19 and its associated issues. One very clear truth is that trouble and trials are a normal part of the Christian life. James says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials” (1:2). But on the other hand, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness” (Lam. 3:22-23).
The Lord has certainly been merciful with me. In His gracious compassion, He has richly blessed me. In fact, I am reminded of the biblical truth that God will provide beauty for ashes, that He will provide the oil of joy in the midst of mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Is. 61:3). He does this to bring forth our righteousness that He may be glorified. It was my joy to announce to you my engagement to Lesli Satterfield last Sunday. I am so grateful for your very positive response, promise of prayers and words of affirmation. Truly, God has blessed me well beyond what I deserve!
This coming Lord’s Day, Lord willing, we will continue our study of First John. We’ll be back in chapter 2, verses 12-14, on the subject, “Overcoming the Wicked One.” We will consider one of the precious provisions of being a Christian is that we can overcome our enemy. How do we do it?
As always, I am looking forward to what God will do at Tabernacle this coming Sunday! Please be present with your Bibles in hand as we worship the Lord together!
Blessings, YFJS, Bro. Tom