FYI (long)
April - 14 - 2021

Hey Crossroads.

It hasn’t been a very good week. More mass killings, another police shooting close to home, protests, an on-going trial that the world is watching…. 

So much pain. Anger. Sadness. Division. 

As I was processing all the above, I turned to my favorite Old Testament prophet. His name is Habakkuk. He comes onto the scene when the nation of Israel is at a low point (around 600 BC). Evil is rampant. God is seemingly nowhere to be found. And Habakkuk pours his heart out to God starting in chapter 1, verse 2:

How long, O Lord, must I call for help?
 But you do not listen!
“Violence is everywhere!” I cry,
 but you do not come to save.
Must I forever see these evil deeds?
 Why must I watch all this misery?
Wherever I look,
 I see destruction and violence.
I am surrounded by people
 who love to argue and fight.
The law has become paralyzed,
 and there is no justice in the courts.
The wicked far outnumber the righteous,
 so that justice has become perverted.

Regardless of how you read those verses, one thing I gather from them is sometimes life simply isn’t right or fair. Sometimes God seems silent. And sometimes all we can do is cry out to God and wait. 

May I encourage you to do the same? And while you’re at it, read the Old Testament book Habakkuk. God does speak. And God’s prophet does respond in a beautiful way in the midst of tragedy.

The truth is God is always at work even when we don’t see Him at work.

In fact, in the past week several people gave their lives to Jesus after watching our Easter online service. Days after it was broadcast, God nudged people to watch… and they were moved to say YES to Jesus… and they contacted us to let us know! God does bring “beauty out of ashes” (as another Old Testament prophet said).

Pastor Phil

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