Greetings Oak Hill Church,
If you are like me, you like it when things are buttoned up and sure. I appreciate when all the details and facts are ironed out and fully understood. There’s a certain level of peace, comfort, and confidence that comes when the uncertainties are erased, the loose ends are tied up, and there are no unanswered questions or “what-if” scenarios to be played out. Now the reality is that this is not how real life typically plays itself out. Not too many of life’s circumstances and situations are like this at all. One of the challenges within all of this is that in those times of uncertainty, we can try to assume control of our own lives and the circumstances surrounding them. Far too often, you and I can be tempted to try and take the reins and attempt to hold things together in our lives. And when we do that, we often realize our inadequacies and our inabilities to really offer much control or stability. Have you been there? I know I have many times.
This week, we continue in our study of the book of Colossians and we focus in on verses 15-23 of Chapter 1. We see Paul’s reassuring reminder and encouragement for the believers to continue living in and out of their faith which is “established and firm.” There is immense hope that the power of God’s Word and the Gospel creates in our lives. There is a supreme amount of comfort, peace, confidence, and clarity that resides in a Source that is outside of ourselves. Paul points us to the reality of Who is in control and sustains our life. When we are tempted to think that it is up to us, Paul points us to Someone bigger and greater: it’s Jesus Christ, the Son of God! In verse 17, Paul tells us this about Jesus: “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” This verse brings an immense sense of relief to my life. The fact, truth, and reality are that I can’t do this on my own, but I also don’t have to. Everything holds together in Christ. He literally holds everything, all my worries, doubts, fears, challenges, successes, and joys, together in His hands and He alone sustains all that is happening within me and around me. I hope that brings us immense comfort today to know that God’s control and His ability is far above what we can muster up on our own and exactly what we need to trust and hope in.
Connecting Lives in Grace and Truth
Pastor Ben and the Oak Hill Elder Board