Thought for the week

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - STANDARD VIEW -

I don’t know if you’ve no­ticed but we live in a pretty scep­ti­cal world! With 2019 comes un­cer­tainty over Brexit, chang­ing morals, di­vorce rates and crime fig­ures; it’s easy to join the ranks of the de­press­ingly cyn­i­cal, isn’t it?

His­tor­i­cally it’s in times like these that peo­ple be­gin to cry out for deeper mean­ing in life. I’m find­ing that in Dum­fries to­day, peo­ple are look­ing for some­thing they can de­pend on. As a be­liever in Je­sus, I can con­fi­dently state that my faith gives me just that. I have an as­sur­ance that no mat­ter what hap­pens around me, there is one who’s greater than me. You might re­gard him as‘The big man watch­ing over me’or some­thing like that, but the Bi­ble clearly ex­plains his char­ac­ter in great de­tail, which is what makes it such a fas­ci­nat­ing book.

There’s so much to ex­plore as you meet the liv­ing God, in your heart. The Is­raelites in the Old Tes­ta­ment had been taken cap­tive to Baby­lon (present day Iraq) and the prophet Jeremiah was in­spired to de­clare on be­half of God: “When you look for me with all your heart, you will find me. I will be found by you”(Jeremiah 29:13). I’ve found that to be pro­foundly true. Why not ask God to re­veal Him­self to you, then lis­ten? It prob­a­bly won’t be in an au­di­ble voice, but he speaks through the Bi­ble, peo­ple, cir­cum­stances, and events or by just dropping a thought in your heart.

Pas­tor Mark Smith River of Life Church Dum­fries

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