Hi everyone. Rob here.
It’s a beautiful Autumn day here in Hamilton, NZ. The leaves in my neighbourhood are changing colour quite dramatically. A few are out mowing their lawn. There are people walking the dog and playing with their kids. It’s a typical weekend scene. Except it’s not the weekend. It’s Wednesday. Schools are shut, roads are quiet and even 4 weeks into this it still feels surreal. Our strict lockdown eases a little next week but anything resembling normality is a long way off. As we all face an uncertain future there can only be one positive response and that is faith.
It is the invitation for every generation as every generation faces a moment when it becomes clear that they are not in control of their destiny. With many of our gods in a temporary coma now is the time to see clearly that God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – is the Lord of history, the Master of the universe and the loving home that our hearts are longing for. In our age of consumption we have had and are having a fresh revelation of our own fragility and that our worlds of comfort and ease are just a house of cards.
That may sound a little dramatic but if Scripture tells us anything it’s that our God is more than happy to expose our faithlessness so that we can put it to death and come alive to faith. Faith asks the question, who or what are we trusting in, hoping in and turning to in order to satisfy our longings? God presents this question to us even as he pours out his love and compassion for the hurting, the grieving and the sick. He gives us Jesus, the Word become flesh, so that we can always know that our humanity is safe in his hands and that God says yes to us even as he suffers for our sake.
It’s time for the followers of Jesus to put aside half-hearted faith and embrace the adventure of being all in. It’s time for those who seek God to realise that he has said yes through Jesus. As Luke 11:9-10 says,
And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
Let’s seek God while our old gods are sleeping. Let’s put to death our divided loyalties and embrace wholehearted faith in an age of uncertainty. Let’s not get lulled by sunny days and gentle strolls. Instead let’s be awake and alert, faithful and prayerful, optimistic and obedient. Christ is in us and with us. He is also coming soon. Let’s keep our lamps lit and focus on him as we never have before. For the sake of the world.
Grace and peace.