Thought for the week
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