Dear Church Family,

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read my thoughts today as we find ourselves in the midst of some very concerning times.  If you’ve been watching the news of what is happening in our world, especially with North Korea, this seems to be the continual message:

“The situation is getting more dangerous and shows no signs of improving”

We live in a day where wisdom is most needed, but very often neglected. Because of the complexities of daily life, we need lots of wisdom to make good decisions. The Book of Proverbs is filled with God’s wisdom. The 900 proverbs cover most of life’s situations. Learning from Proverbs and praying through this incredible book leads to wisdom and character transformation. Walking with stability in a shaking world is going to become a necessity as the days become more evil. God’s wisdom and knowledge keeps us stable and secure with a heart at rest. He is our shield and guards our path.

“For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding…He is a shield to those who walk uprightly; He guards the path of justice” – Prov. 2:6-8

God is enabling us through His Word to walk in a new level of wisdom and to model to others how to live in troubled times. Walking in God’s wisdom can keep us from so much heartache and loss. We don’t have to waste our lives consumed with fear and uncertainty, but we can accomplish great things for God! What a great gift that God has given to us - An entire book of Wisdom. A great exercise for us to practice is to pray a Proverb or a chapter of Proverbs every day. It results in us receiving wisdom and living it out during a time when people are really longing for some significant understanding.  What if we determined to learn the art of living wisely everyday by praying through the Proverbs?

In light of this, there is a noticeable increase of sabre rattling, which creates concern and questions about potential war and the future.  So, I will give you my thoughts briefly.

War is never good, but it is sometimes necessary. Why? Because sin is an ever present reality that has to be dealt with. James 4:1-2 says, “What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you?  Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder.”

At the forefront of much war and conflict is an idolatry that says, “I want more. I want what you have.”  And so there are wars and rumors of war. Much of it is rooted in human sin.  Evil is ultimately rooted in every human heart. This is why we need the transforming work of Christ. This is what changes people’s thinking, people’s ways, and people’s decisions.

To navigate successfully through life, making decisions that honor God, requires that we seek the Source of all wisdom. As James exhorts, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you” Jms. 1:5   Yes, we can call out to God; He alone can give you the wisdom to live wisely for Him.

We have a chance to engage in some intercessory prayer on behalf of our Nation and our President, and even for our enemies. I invite you and encourage you to stop by room 13 from 8:30 – 9:30 and pray for our leaders, for wisdom, and for God’s intervention in our times and the tension with North Korea.  It will make a difference!

 This Sunday we will wrap up our series on Hosea. It’s a fascinating and insightful epilogue about the Redeeming Heart of God.  I can’t wait to see you this Sunday!

Pastor D