Our Living Hope

19 Mar 2020, 17:42 // Matt Chisem

Hey guys,

So, the world has changed quite a bit since we last spoke, right?! I thought I would write about a verse that God has impressed on my heart recently, which I think is relevant and poignant right now:

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”- Joshua 1:9

DoNotFear. A command, not a suggestion. In a time of panic, uncertainty and anxiety, the instruction and set of promises in the Bible stay the same. The verse comes in a similar time of instability and fright, with Joshua taking over the big shoes of Moses who had died. Why should we, like Joshua be courageous, and not be discouraged? Because we know the Almighty God who will be with us wherever we go (v9).

To clarify, not fearing something does not equate to not taking precautions. It does mean, however, that we have a hope that is far beyond the difficulties of this world. Our response has the opportunity to show the world the embodiment of a God who is alive and still sits on His throne. We are called to be community to the hungry, the thirsty, the isolated, the vulnerable, the sick and those in captivity (Matthew 25:35) and to show Jesus as an incarnate presence through his bride, the Church.

I will leave you with another verse that has encouraged me this week: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”,  John 16:33.

Take care and all the necessary precautions, and please let me know if I can support or pray for you in any way on 07939007302.

Matt 

PS The Youth team are continuing to meet (where it is safe) and mentor. If you would like to meet up, or have a facetime chat, Jackson and I are available. We are both working from our homes and would love to hear from you!