A New Devotion on Cove’s Prayer Line - Confident

16Aug

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900). You can find other devotions, sermons, essays, articles, and announcements on The Cove Community blog. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

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Acts 8:1b-8

That day a severe persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout the countryside of Judea and Samaria. Devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church by entering house after house; dragging off both men and women, he committed them to prison.

Now those who were scattered went from place to place, proclaiming the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah to them. The crowds with one accord listened eagerly to what was said by Philip, hearing and seeing the signs that he did, for unclean spirits, crying with loud shrieks, came out of many who were possessed; and many others who were paralyzed or lame were cured. So there was great joy in that city.

Confident

Sometimes I’m afraid as I look out into the world, but not necessarily for me. You see, I just turned 59 at my last birthday, and although I certainly hope I have a whole bunch of years ahead, I’m not an idiot. I know I’m well past the mid-point of my life here on earth. And so I may be gone before all those chickens I’ve stood by and watch hatch come home to roost. For example, I may never have to confront the consequences of the mess my generation has made of the environment and economy for the sake of very short-term gains. Therefore, I’ll probably avoid having to dealing with any unraveling. But I have a 14-year-old daughter who’s just starting high school. And she has her entire life spread out in front of her. And so many of the benefits I’m enjoying, she’ll pay for. Frankly, there are times I worry about her future.

But one thing that doesn’t cause we worry is the continuing love of God and the proclamation of the word. You see, as was shown in the early church, God is more powerful than any kind of opposition that can be thrown against it. And over the centuries, it has survived persecution and oppression. And even though I hear people on a weekly basis talk about all the places where we’ve excluded God, it seems to arrogant on our part to assume that we’re able to exclude an omnipresent God from any place. Now, God may no longer be in the curriculum, but he is still very present with our children. And his Holy Spirit is still active. And let’s face it, so long as teachers give tests, there will always be prayer in school. You see, even if there are reasons worry about the world we’re passing to the next generation, there’s one thing about which we should never be concerned; God will be there. Of that we can be confident.
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