In this sermon, our choir director, Adam Rice, talks about finding God in our hardships, a message of hope. Here are some excerpts:
Trouble and hardships can and will continue to occur in our lives. They are unavoidable. They can happen for brief periods of time or they can go on for what seems like an eternity. Whenever we face trials and hardships we can cry out to our Heavenly Father for help. He wants us to cry out to him. Much like a father would do anything and everything in his power to keep his children safe and comfort them in their time of need, our Savior wants even more to do the same for us.
No matter what the situation is that we are experiencing, God knows what we are facing. He is everywhere, at all times, right beside us in our trials and hard times, waiting for us to exercise our faith in His ability and for us to cry out to Him in our time of need. He delights in helping His children.
So what will you do the next time you find yourself surrounded by fear, hopelessness, confusion, uncertainty? Will you go at it alone, under your own strength and just hope for the best? Will you allow the enemy to tell you that you are alone and that God has abandoned you? Or will you run to God and find Him? You won’t have to run far because He willalready be there. When you turn to Him, surrender it all to Him and lay it at His feet, your faith will be strengthened, your hope will be restored and your victory will be sure for God is always in the midst of every trial we face.
Here is another word of encouragement from Pastor Smith: “Trust in God, take Him at His word, you will not be disappointed, but blessed beyond your wildest imagination! Hope is only to be found vertically. Hope that lasts comes from God. It’s found in Jesus. He is our strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. Psalm 146 warns us not to put hope in men but in the Lord for blessed are those whose hope is on the Lord.
“Friends, God is with you, for you, in you, right here, right now and forever! Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”
I will close with words from Psalm 25 where David says,
“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
May it be so in us. Now and Forever. Amen