Looking Back, Looking Forward
Have you ever been confused by Isaiah 40:31? “But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” The confusion comes from waiting on the Lord and yet experiencing weariness. Doesn’t this passage promise that waiting upon the Lord will be easy?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t. Waiting on the Lord is active, not passive. We must seek the Lord for wisdom and direction day by day and work hard at what He has given us to do, even while we wait for Him to reveal His will. This passage is a promise that God will provide the strength that we need to do what He has called us to do. What a wonderful promise it is.
When I look back over this past year, I am refreshed by the many ways we have seen the Lord provide for our church family. You were without a Senior Minister for over two years, and yet the Lord sustained Christ Church during that season. There are many reasons to rejoice in what the Lord has done in the last 10 months. Sunday attendance has been growing regularly. Easter Service was just such a blessed time. It has been a year of many new initiatives, including the new Christmas Service.
It has been almost a year since our arrival at Christ Church. I am amazed at how quickly the time has gone by, but also by all the Lord has done during that time. God is good.
But through it all, our Heavenly Father has graciously guided us, provided for us, and kept us faithful to the gospel and to the proclamation of His Son Jesus Christ. We know that the Lord will still be faithful, so we need to keep praying for 1% that we will be as well—including faithfulness to the great responsibility of handing down the uncompromised gospel to the next generation.
When you come to the Annual Church Meeting on Sunday after the Service, remember what the Lord has done and be thankful with the perspective of God’s great faithfulness. Every event, every volunteer, every pound given, every life changed is ultimately the work of God on our behalf and for His Church and His glory. None of this could happen without His grace. And it also would not have happened if God’s people had not responded to the Holy Spirit’s leading and walked in joyful obedience. That’s one of the many reasons I love being a part of our church family—being surrounded by men and women (and young people) who love Jesus and want to grow in Him.
You can hear more about what I believe the Lord has planned for our future on Sunday. As we have seen from our ongoing study in the book of Romans, our Heavenly Father is sovereign, just and gracious. Therefore, we can rest in His power and love, knowing that He has a good plan for us. Let’s pursue Him together with passion!
For His glory and the Redemption of Exmouth,
Bishop Josep M. Rossello