Joy in Difficult Times

As we approach election day, I am filled with deep emotions for the future of our country. On the one hand, I am believing God for a great awakening. As in former days, we discover that God’s Spirit can do a great work in a short time. People who are hopeless can find forgiveness and a future. Those enslaved by sin can be set free. Those lost can discover the presence of God and find the power and guidance of the Scriptures. God truly changes lives! On the other hand, when I look with just my natural vision, I see a country running headlong after sin and its deceptive pleasures. I see the majority of Americans ignoring the Lord and His church. I see the leaders of our political parties boasting about how we can solve our own problems. God is hardly mentioned, and, when some politicians are bold enough to speak His name, they are often ridiculed and told to leave God out of their decision making. It’s easy to feel marginalized and isolated. As I read the Book of Jeremiah, I realize the prophet faced far greater struggles than Christians face in America right now. Jeremiah truly was alone most of the time. While reading chapter fifteen today, I was reminded of what kept him going. “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts. I did not sit in the company of revelers, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone, because your hand was upon me for you had filled me with indignation” (Jeremiah 15:16-17). The hand of God was on Jeremiah. Rather than trying to find joy in the pleasures others pursued, he found delight in God’s Word. May the Lord raise up more Jeremiahs today! Dare to be different. Value God’s Word and His presence. Your life can make a great impact!

Pastor Mark Boucher