One of the things we do in the services at Orchard is to hear examples of how God is at work in our everyday lives. I run (actually I walk) around with a radio microphone so we can people can tell us their stories.
Several people said things last Sunday which were helpful but two of the stories resulted in tears for the people talking.
The first person talked about how the charity that they work for had no funding for next year. They had been inspired by the way that God worked in Judges 7 despite their Gideon’s army getting smaller and so they prayed that God would provide. She then received an email from her boss to say that someone had pledged to give £50,000 for next year. The tears were tears of joy, God is good!
The second person talked about his brother who is very ill. The tears were tears of pain.
For me, this is an important part of what church is as we ‘rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn’ (Romans 12.15). What also struck me as I reflected on this later was that God is equally at work in both of these situations. Jesus is Immanuel (God with us) and we need to trust that he is active in our lives and we need to trust in him and pray that his will would be done.
In life we receive good news and bad news but the really good news is that God is with us.
Can we make more time to hear how God is at work in one another’s lives so that we can be encouraged?
Can we tell God that we trust him and that we want him to be Lord of the situations that we are experiencing?
Can we have a greater expectation that God’s presence and power can transform the situations we are living with?