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2020 – A Year of Change

Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Life ChangeAs we enter the last 6 or so weeks of 2019 – I have been giving us warning that 2020 could be a year of major change for many of us. The United Methodist Church seems on the brink of a split – officially or otherwise. This change may impact many of us. If it is an official split or some other split – conferences – churches – and members will need to decide where they will worship moving forward. This could being as early as January 1 – 2020 – as the 2019 Special General Conference approved churches withdrawing from the denomination. It could happen as we move toward the 2020 General Conference in May – shortly thereafter – or as soon as any changes take place.

The 2020 Presidential Election in November could continue the current Presidential leader or elect a new President. The Congress could change hands or solidify one party in leadership. Will one party of the other hold the President’s office and both houses of the Congress or will there be divided leadership? Will we continue along the same lines of leadership or will there be a change? How will the economy react to this election? How will the election impact you and your family?

I urge us to not live in fear with the changes that are coming. As far as the changes coming in the United Methodist Church – I cling to the fact that the Body of Christ will live on – even if the United Methodist Church doesn’t or is unrecognizable with changes. If your candidates do or do not get elected in November 2020 – pleas realize that God is still Sovereign and s still on the throne. I urge us to hold onto today’s passage – Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

We could start off the new year with this on our heart – be still, and know that I am God.  We often are so busy with life – so busy with what we think we need to do and be – that we fail to sit still at times and allow God to be God. How often have we run ahead of God and found that our way was not God’s way? How often have we feared what was before us – only to finally – after much unrest – realized that God is still in control?

In this passage God is saying – be still, and know that I am God and when you do this – waiting upon Me and My timing – I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. I wonder why we can’t get this one right – at times?

Creative people – and I know a few – almost always have great ideas. There are always new ways and old ways – creative ways – to do something in ministry – in government – in life. Some ways of being the church have been tried and found to be successful – and some ways are new and as of yet untried. Some could be great ideas – some might not be. Every established idea was once a new idea that supplanted and old idea. The question is not about our ideas – new or old – fresh or established. It is about allowing God to be God in all situations – in our personal lives – in the life of our church – and in the life of our country. Seeking God and God’s will or plan for our lives is paramount to see God exalted.

As we make changes to our lives – to our church and government – or hold the established ground in the new year – I pray that we will be seeking God’s will in all that we do – personally and collectively. As change happens – and it will happen – let us put our trust in God – rather than in our government or our denomination!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.


November 13, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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