February 27, 2018, 11:37 AM

Dear friends in Christ Jesus,

I was reading through Genesis when this verse jumped out at me: "Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things" (Genesis 24:1, my emphasis). God recognizes no sacred-secular division, no distinction between religion and the "real world." He was able to bless Abraham "in all things."       

When last did you make Abraham's expericence your prayer?                                                       

God made "all things" and cares about "all things" today. Like any good father, He wants only the best for His children. He loves you so passionately that, no matter your circumstances, He will "rejoice over you with gladness" and "exult over you with loud singing" (Zephaniah 3:17).           

Does His care for us mean that He protects us from every hardship?                                              

Jesus warned His closest followers, "In the world you will have tribulation" (John 16:33a).  God's love for us does not exempt us from living in a fallen world where disease and disaster threaten us every day. Nor does it exempt us from misused human freedom, the pain we suffer because of our sins or the sins of others.                                                                                                                

Rather, our Father's desire to bless us "in all things" means that He is present "in all things." After warning His disciples about the tribulation they would face, Jesus assured them, "But take heart; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33b).   

Outside of Christ, I am empty; in Christ, I am full.                                                                                  

Outside of Christ, I am weak; in Christ, I am strong.                                                                            

Outside of Christ, I cannot; in Christ, I am more than able.                                                                    

Outside of Christ, I have been defeated; in Christ, I am already  victorious.                                    

Are you "in Christ" today?                                                                                                                              

Pastor Gran