Trusting God even when it doesn’t make sense.
George family Church
With Pete Veysie
Sunday 10th January 2021
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
I am not sure how you are feeling right now, but I am sure of the fact that every single one of us has been impacted directly or indirectly by this pandemic. It seems that we are also observing a world that is out of control and in need of guidance and direction. We can either look at this as the worst time of our lives and continue to get more and more depressed or we can start to find ways to be a vessel of blessing that the Lord is going to use. We saw during our Christmas celebrations of how Jesus came into a very chaotic and dangerous situation to bring the kingdom of God into the presence of humanity. God’s master plan was almost taken out many a time,however, through it all prophecy was fulfilled and God came through for us.
We may find ourselves really struggling to make sense of it all but we need to find ways to trust the Lord in spite of what is going on around us.
1. Understand the word “blessed” verse 7
The prophet Jeremiah uses the word blessed and we often go to the word in our English language happy, but it’s more than this in the hebrew.
The Hebrew verb barak means to kneel as seen in Genesis 24:11. However, when written in the piel form it means to show respect (usually translated as bless) as seen in Genesis 12:2. A related Hebrew word is berakhah meaning a gift or present. From this we can see the concrete meaning behind the piel form of the verb barak. It is to bring a gift to another while kneeling out of respect. The extended meaning of this word is to do or give something of value to another. Elohiym “respects” us by providing for our needs and we in turn “respect” Elohiym by giving him of ourselves as his servants. And so it speaks more of “bentness”.
2. Confidence in the Lord alone !!! Verse 7b
Notice where the focus lies. It is not upon the person but rather on the one who is receiving. When we trust the Lord even when it seems crazy, we are in a sense bestowing a blessing on Him. And so when we trust God in difficult situations his hand rests on us and we find peace in the middle of the storm.
Our confidence cannot be in human beings right now as we have noticed, but rather in the Lord. Put your trust and confidence in HIM ALONE !!!! Too many people have been taken in by clever talk and calculated manipulation. “The truth will set you free.”
3. Stay close to the source of the water. Verse 8
The second thing that we need to note here is where the person is that trusts the Lord. – close to the source – the water. Living water that you will drink and never be thirsty again. Stay close to the source because there is wisdom and water there. I am not sure if you have been to the dryest parts of our land – Patensie is dry. The farmers have not moved off despite the drought and are staying close to the source of the water which will come.
4. Ensure that you are rooted and grounded near the water. Verse 8 b
Roots that are deep and sent out. I find that more and more we are needing some solid theoligical basic teaching of what we believe. My roots are based on three things and that is The Lordship of Jesus,Authority of scripture and a total 100% dependance on the Holy Spirit. My roots grow deep and have been doing so for years and I trust them. I cannot uproot now and go to another source. We also need to ensure that our roots go deep so that we find the water and that we hold secure. Too many trees have fallen in the forest due to the fact that their roots are not deep.
It’s time to stay close to the water and to keep your roots going deeper towards the source. Basis things need to be in place :
a. Relationship with the Lord and each other. Amelia.
b. Keep to the promises that God has given but also understand that they come with responsibilities. Amelia.
c. Hold onto faith and keep gratitude in your heart each day.
d. Serve the Lord – act justly love mercy walk humbly Malachi 6:8
4. Don’t be afraid when the heat comes Verse 8 c
It’s going to get hot and crazy but don’t be afraid and stay close to the Lord because in this way you will survive.
5. Keep your leaves green !!!
It’s leaves are always green. I was amazed at the citrus trees that in spite of the drought their leaves were green. Ilsa and Ian Riley and our journey up through the farms. Stay green stay fresh and stay up to date with the Lord. Ensure that you are nurturing your body well,eating and doing excercise even if it’s just small managable movements.
Don’t listen to negative news every day – yes stay green and up to date but limit the depressing bombardment on your soul. When the heat comes and it will you will be green and green leaves are less likely to burn.
6. Again a reminder that you will have no worries in the year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Jesus alludes to this scripture when he shares the story or parable of the vine and the branches – when we are grafted in and part of the vine, we are connected to the source and even when it gets dry and almost impossible to make sense of the situation, we will still bear fruit and Jesus says “much fruit.
Friends as I was praying for 2021 in the last part of the year from September to December and trying to work out what to do moving forward, the Lord gave me a word and that was
7. “It’s Harvest time.”
As you are planted close to the source so the Lord will use your bentness (blessedness) to bless others and give them hope and direction. Many are seeking at this time and asking deep questions and we have an opportunity to really be the Kingdom of God at hand. We are not offering a story which says if you are good or bad you will go to heaven or to hell, and yes there are consequences to our actions, but more than that we are offering living water to a dry and thirsty land and it’s harvest time and we must not miss it. We are giving people the Good news Jesus is on a mission to “get the hell out of the earth” Andy Blackmore The Bible Project.
It’s time to introduce a friend or neighbor to a living hope that will not dissapoint them and to bring our world into an understanding that God’s master plan is about restoration. We are living in one of the most challenging and yet exciting times of our lives and if we are well watered, we will find that we will overcome and his Kingom will come on earth as in heaven. It is at hand – He is at hand and not far way. Let us be the ones planted close to the water with our roots going deep and our leaves green to provide nourishment and healing to a dry dusty and weary land spiritually. It’s time to trust God even when it doesn’t make sense.
Rev 22:1 -2
22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
The promise is coming to fruition in us and we don’t need to wait until heaven as God is busy getting the hell out of the earth and His Kingdom in place. Are we ready for the HARVEST ? Drip by drip
I wrote this on Saturday and felt that I needed to share it with you :
What it’s like to be a pastor during covid 19
I am not sure if you realise what it feels like to be a pastor right now with a church community online , but for me the word is humbling and deeply challenging . I have done many sad and lonely funerals in this last year and shared special birthdays, anniversaries and weddings online. We have sadly said goodbye to many colleagues and friends who just went too soon and way to early leaving loved ones and families and friends.We have been there to feed and care for those desperate in need but it’s just a drop in the deep dark ocean of despair in their lives . I love to care and hug and share with people at their moment of crisis and so many times I have had to just be there on the line!! I have had to counsel and care for doctors, nursing sisters and frontline workers totally exhausted and ready to almost give up having lost another mother, father, sister, brother or friend to covid.
We are churchless right now for our safety and care of each other ( which sounds rather strange as I write this!!) but it’s meant a whole new perspective on what it really means to be church.
It’s an opportunity to live creatively and find fresh expressions and ways to be present. I really sense that a new season is birthing of really going back to the basics. We are in for a rough ride and it will mean navigating together in community like never before. Our empty doctrines and divisions will be forgotten as we stand together and walk with each other. We are called to refocus on Love, acceptance forgiveness and care for each other and our beautiful earth before it and we are all gone!! We will reap a raw harvest of lives in need of hope and we need to be there: just present and open to the next move of our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.I am a pastor not by title but by calling and my prayer is for healing and restoration but not without a deep understanding of what this really means. I have no plans or major goals for the first time in my life other than to be there for others day by day and to as the old song says: “See You more clearly, Love You more dearly and follow You more nearly day by day. “ Love and hugs and prayers for you all in this difficult time of our lives. Peter Veysie Saturday 9th January 14:42