Hope in unsettled times

Week beginning: 25th June, 2017 | By James Brightwell | London

"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail."

Lamentations 3:21-22 (NIV)

For some, it is hard to avoid a deep sense of insecurity at present. The Grenfell Tower fire and terrorist atrocities in London and Manchester, together with the political uncertainty following the general election, will be on the minds of many and also the subject of many workplace conversations this week.

Just as the writer of Lamentations surveyed the destruction around him, including of the temple, the destruction in our own country is a visible reminder of the fallen world we live in and can make us feel that we walk in darkness rather than light (Lam 3:2). Yet it is also a reminder of our need for God.

When we focus on the difficulties of the world, or in our own lives, we are at risk of being consumed by doubt or despair. This can affect every aspect of our lives, including our professional relationships. When we remind ourselves of God's covenant love for his people, we can be assured of His compassion and that we can find our strength in Him. We should seek to be an example to those with whom we work, Christian and non-Christian alike, not of being without uncertainty or suffering, but in surrendering it to the Lord who sustains us.

Great indeed is His faithfulness.

Prayer points:

1. Pray for our witness to the country in the face of present uncertainties and that we may be a sign of God's hope revealed in Jesus Christ.

2. Pray for the Summer Justice Team that leave for East Africa this Friday. Pray for safety, good health and a real deepening in their walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.