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OUR THEME THIS YEAR IS
KNOWING GOD

In the past few months, we have been hearing in Church and also by reading the Pastor’s Desks that through the Psalms and by the Fruit of the Holy Spirit, we can know God more. The Psalms show God as our Shepherd, God’s character is unchanging, we can be still and know Him, and that He is poetic. The Fruit of the Spirit reminds us that God is faithful, gentle and kind, and that we need to stay close to Him in the same way a baby gets nutrients from its mother through the umbilical cord. Knowing these things, we can become more like God as He helps us outwork His character in our lives. Philippians 3:10 challenged me in this regard some time ago.

That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.
Philippians 3.10

“That I may Know Him…”.There are so many challenging thoughts and truths in this verse and verses surrounding it. May I suggest that knowing God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit will make us know more about ourselves. When we get to know someone we will see their character. We see what makes them tick and their beliefs. When we get to know God, therefore, we see His character. The fruit of the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control shows His character and the way God relates to us. He always exhibits these toward us. What a gentleman, yet the same verse shows His incredible power that He chooses not to overpower us with.

Commit your way unto the Lord; trust in also in Him ;and He shall bring it to pass.
Psalm 37.5

In life when we get to know someone, we can then trust them or not .The Scriptures are encouraging us to trust God. In trusting God we allow Him to shape us and our circumstances, Often as we trust Him, we do ‘the right’ things but then have to trust Him for the outcomes: whether financial, social, work-wise, or emotional. When we see His hand at work in our lives as he reshapes the outcome to be a blessing, what a wonderful thing! In this we are then getting to know Him.

Let’s look at a story of mine which may explain this aspect of knowing God, is trusting God.

This is of our dog “Frankie.” He is a Jack Russell cross Pug known as a Jugg.

 

The story begins 5th Feb 2024 (my birthday) Frankie slipped past me and went out an open side door (renovations were happening at the time). Frankie was uncharacteristically drawn across to the other side of Basin Road (by the smell of a dying wallaby). After just a short while, I realised he was gone and called him. Immediately I heard screams and howls like I hadn’t heard before and the screeching of brakes.Then I saw Frankie drag himself back to the front of the house and collapse.

So began a series of events where God miraculously intervened to save Frankie’s life.

 

Hear my cry O Lord,
attend unto my prayer;
from the ends of the earth will I cry unto you when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,
Psalm 61:1-2

God did attend unto my cry. I was overwhelmed. We were guided through this event by the Rock who is higher than I. Things happened that we had no control over or knowledge of. Eventually we were told Frankie had 8 broken ribs and punctured lungs. From then on God intervened on Frankie’s behalf showing us He was in control, not us.

 

God intervened in several significant ways, but here I’ll mention just 3.

1: A vet came into the Vet clinic at 11 o’clock at night because of a stray dog which needed attention. Only because of this stray dog, the vet was there when I took distressed Frankie in. He did a procedure on him to release the air which was on the wrong side of the lung. This saved my dog’s life. There were no other staff there during the night watching animals.

2: The next day the vet said that no overnight vet care was available in Launceston and we’d have to travel to Hobart for this kind of care. We left to consider our course of action and a short while later we got a phone call saying “things have turned in Frankie’s favour.” A veterinary clinic was trialling overnight stays and this was happening only on Tuesday and Wednesday nights – just what Frank needed!!!

3: God amazingly then intervened financially. Our neighbour came over and said that if we needed money they could help us out and he did! (We did pay him back).

We had been told by the vet that his recovery would take months, and that he would have to recuperate in a cage inside the house – to restrict movement. But after only 3 weeks and 4 days the vet gave Frankie the all clear to be an active dog again.

Some might say that this was just a series of coincidences. The world around us has to create reason or chance to have happened for our happy story to be true. I instead, look at Frankie and see the hand of God clearly involved in this situation. Only 3 out of 10 dogs in a car accident of this magnitude survive. We know more about God as we trust Him in all of life’s moments. He knew our love for our dog and, although He didn’t have to, he showed His immense kindness to us by taking care of our Frankie.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.
Proverbs 3.5

God heard our cry. He hears yours too. Be encouraged. To know God is to trust Him.

Amen.

 

 

Elder,

 

Ian.

Let me know what you think below in the comment section and feel free to share this someone who might benefit from this Pastor’s Desk.

1 Comment

  1. Ali

    “…although he didn’t have to, He showed His immense kindness.…”

    We can identify with you and Frankie. He is gracious to us all even when we chose not to acknowledge.

    Thank you, Ian

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