From Pain to Praise, 2

Much has been said about the difficulties of the past year. The pandemic, lockdowns, and numerous other difficulties made 2020 a year to remember and complain about. I admit that complaining is one of the first responses of my sinful flesh when things don’t go how I expect or desire. But I find that often my complaining is a problem of perspective. Habakkuk, dealing with this same problem, still found a way to praise God. From his limited perspective, he might have focused on the lack of produce from the land, the lack of food, or the lack of cattle in the fields and thought that God had abandoned him and the people of Judah. But God’s revelation of Himself and His plan adjusted Habakkuk’s limited perspective to help him not give up but to walk confidently in spite of the uncertainty. We may not have all the answers about what God is doing or why. We won’t necessarily like God’s plan or the way He has sovereignly ordained to do things. But we must never complain in the difficult times. Rather, we must remember our good God and His good plan and rejoice in Him. He is good enough and strong enough to give us the stabilizing strength we need even when the terrain of life is uneven and when loose rocks on the path of life make us feel unstable. Even if . . . anything, yet I will exult in the Lord! – Pastor Rory Martin

Sunday at Liberty

9AM: Missions Emphasis Sunday–God’s Work in Australia 

10AM: Missions Emphasis Sunday–John 1:1-18–The Goodness of God’s Words (sermon notes)

12PM: Church Picnic | No Evening Worship 

9AM: Pastor Rory–Titus 3:8–Engaging Energy  

10AM: Pastor Rory–Habakkuk 3:1-19–From Pain to Praise, 2 (sermon notes)

6PM: Pastor Nate–Philippians 1:18-26–I Will Rejoice

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