In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:6-7
None of us really know what’s around the corner. All of us have immense blessings to be thankful for. Crises also come our way, but throughout it all God is working all things together for the good of those He has called, who love Him (Romans 8:28).
This is what God is doing in your life: He is refining you, making you holy, transforming you bit by bit to become more like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18).
As a church we have gone, and are still going through, a deep refining process. Through it all God is going to bring out something better: maybe something smaller and more varied, but something more beautiful and glorious.
Where there have been mistakes in the past, learn from them but don’t hold on to them. Accept forgiveness and be teachable. Repent well. Live with open hands. Choose humility, be ready to change and live differently.
Then let us glimpse what is coming. Let us focus on God’s promises.
We dance to lively songs and music but how much more should we dance when we think about the promises of God?
God is with us only as we side with Him (Joshua 5:13-15), but His presence makes all the difference. Think of Gideon who was told “God is with you, mighty warrior” when he felt nothing of the sort (Judges 6:12). The secret is ‘God is with you’, even if you don’t feel like a mighty warrior.
Our first priority mustn’t be to stick together. We must stick to God and His will and love, and then God will stick us together. That way our loyalty will be founded in integrity.
So in summary: Repent well and be teachable. Live differently. Stick to God and focus on His promises.
God bless you and keep you.