DEVOTIONS @ 205.825.9633
Senior Minister Ricky A. Woods
@ 8:15am & 7:15pm
Dial (205) 825-9633 a few minutes ahead of the scheduled start time.
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If there is a single question that comes to every believer in every generation it just might be: Is serving the Lord worth it?
So often as believers we encounter the difficulties of living in our world that does not honor our God or recognize his presence among us. So often the forces that work against unity, harmony and peace seem to win the day. So often we are called upon to defend the faith we confess to those who do not see its values. So often it appears that those who pervert justice and deny the claims of God upon his creation are the ones who prosper and escape accountability.
When that question comes to mind it is important to remember that we are not alone. God has placed us in a community of fellow believers that we call the church. Within the confines of the church we find the support of others as well as God’s promise to be with us always. God will not forget about us nor our efforts to bear witness for him.
God remembers because there is a book of remembrance of the faithful. God keeps record not of just our failures but also every act of faithfulness as well, even when being faithful is hard. God remembers and from that memory promises a day of redemption and reward. So much of what the Bible has to say to us are reminders that God remembers.
Because God remembers promises made long ago, a child is promised to an elderly priest and his wife. Because God remembers, a prophet comes to prepare the way of the Lord. Because God remembers, unjust and oppressive empires do not last always. The act of God remembering comes to assure a day when every wrong will be made right, every crook place made straight and the glory of the Lord will reign forever and ever.
Advent is the season that calls us into anticipation of what God may do when he remembers. May we live in anticipation filled with hope and kept be love. For there is a difference between the righteous and the wicked. Between one who serves God and one who does not serve him. One living in anticipation of God remembering ,the other hoping God will forget. I am trusting that God will remember.