Pew news 18th March 2018

Vicar’s Column

I have another gem of a verse from the Old Testament histories to share.  Like the verse about giving I shared last week, this one leapt out at me recently and has been an encouragement.  I hope it helps us all. 

Jonathan, King Saul’s son, and his armour bearer have spied an opportunity to attack a Philistine outpost.  They think the LORD is leading them to attack it, the two of them against perhaps 20-30 men.  Jonathan says: “Come, let us go over to the outpost… Perhaps the LORD will act on our behalf.  Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few” (1 Samuel 14:6).  As it turned out, after consideration, the LORD was leading them.  And by few, he won a miraculous victory.

I am sharing this verse with the West Wing project in mind, as you may have guessed.  I have described the situation in a paper that has gone out electronically and in paper form to the whole church this weekend.  We are faced with a considerably higher price than we anticipated.  This will force us to pause to take stock, and to wonder – as Jonathan did – what Jesus is leading us to do.

This pause could get us down, if we let it.  We could sink into negativity.  OR we could remember Jonathan’s words: “Nothing can prevent the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few”.  If we can believe that – and it is true! – then this pause for taking stock could be very creative.  The conviction that the living God will accomplish whatever he intends sets us free to move in any direction he chooses, no matter how inadequate we may feel. 

So I urge us all to pray for God’s guidance.  I’m not just saying that because it’s what the Vicar should say!  We need as many as possible to spend time in personal prayer asking for God to point Christ Church clearly into the future.  That’s in addition to (I hope) wide involvement in the day of prayer this Thursday (22nd March).  When we look to follow his lead, be sure that nothing will stop us.           


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