Are you fighting the good fight? (1 Timothy 6:12) ) Are you pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus? (Phil 3:14) Are you training yourself in godliness? (1 Timothy 4:7)
We are certainly going through challenging times; in fact, the weather has been so unpredictable lately that I’ve wondered several times if we were going to be able to meet this Sunday for worship. However, our call to worship reminds us that, though the Christian life is not easy, “God’s Promise Gives Us Life”:
I. God’s promise gives us life.
Remember Your word to Your servant, in which You have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your promise gives me life. (Ps. 119:49-50)
II. God’s Word gives us comfort in a hostile world.
The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from Your law. When I think of Your rules from of old, I take comfort, O Lord. Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake Your law. Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning. (v 51-54)
III. God blesses us with obedience.
I remember Your name in the night, O Lord, and keep Your law. This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept Your precepts. (v. 55, 56)
Keep fighting, keep praying, keep reading, keep trusting. Don’t give up and don’t give in. “A righteous man falls seven times and rises again” (Proverbs 24:!6). Obedience—slow, gradual, imperfect obedience, but obedience nonetheless—is a gift from God. It is ours in Christ. All those united in faith to Jesus will grow and bear fruit. It is impossible that the work of God shall fail.