Nation Fritter Day December 2
Wear Brown Shoe Day December 4
Ninja Day December 5
- Elliot Schrag will be giving announcements for the months of December and January.
- This Wednesday prayer meeting will be for Jeremy and Grace who are commended from our chapel. Please come and join this opportunity to support them in prayer. The time is 7pm.
- Ladies Christmas party—December 8th — 6/Elm chapel @ 6:30
We as humans like to have order in our life. You know! That routine we always follow when we get up in the morning or go to bed at night. In essence it is a desire to feel we have some control over our lives while maintaining a sense of order. I am reminded that our true source of order in our lives, is from God, as Paul indicated to the Romans; Ro. 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” We also know that He who is the Creator can sustain us: Isaiah 40:31 “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
God’s sustenance, as Creator, has been with us from the beginning: Isaiah 40:26 “Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their hosts by number, He calls them all by name; because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing.” The earth is 95 million miles from the sun, yet if the earth would stray a mere 1 to 2% off its orbit, life could not exist. If the earth strayed a little too much toward the sun we would burn up and if the earth moved a little too far away from the sun we would freeze. The orbit is just one in four critical issues that must be maintained for life to exist on earth; just as critical is the speed of the rotation of the earth, the speed of the earth’s movement around the sun, and the angle of earth to the sun. Understand that if any one of these entities should occur in the 1 to 2% range, it would cause instant death to all life on earth; yet if these entities occur by only .5%, the area of the earth which could sustain life would be drastically reduced. More critical would be the adverse effects that would be caused by such a change; we can easily imagine the immediate decrease in food sources that would threaten life on earth. However, the immediate threat that such a change would cause, would be the disruption of numerous finely tuned biological balances that are necessary for life to exist. The result would be the same; no more life on the earth. As we consider the fine tuning of the earth necessary for life to exist, we are reminded of God’s greatness and his presence; Isaiah 40:28 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired.” I am reminded of the words of the old American spiritual “He’s got the whole world in His hand.” God’s greatness and power is not at question, as indicated by David in I Chronicles 29:11 “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.” God’s presence is complete, as indicated by Jeremiah in Jeremiah 23:23, 24 “Am I a God who is near,’ declares the Lord, ‘and not a God far off?’ ‘Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?’ declares the Lord. ‘Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?’ declares the Lord.” Consider a God who has created us and a God who maintains us and a God who remains with us; “Is this not a God who cares about our every need?”
When the situations in our life, the heartache and troubles, seem to thrust our lives out of control, remember, God is in control. When our routines are disrupted by the inconsistencies and unknowns of life, remember, God is a God of order. Creation itself indicates God has a purpose in His establishment of heaven and earth; a purpose which includes His people. In His greater understanding and purpose, God, literally, holds us in His hand. – Lowell Schrag