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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

3 January 2018: Brian Blogg, Petersfield United Reformed Church

Does God really care?

How has 2017 been for you? Were your hopes and aspirations of twelve months ago fulfilled and you look forward to all that the coming year may hold or were there disappointments that have left a sense of foreboding and anxiety?

Might there have been situations where you implored God to intervene but He didn’t; there was just silence, it was as if He didn’t even hear you. What is the point of praying at all!

Don’t despair, the Bible contains accounts of a good number of folk who must have felt exactly like that when life seemed tough. Perhaps none more so than God’s prophet Habakkuk who openly accuses his God of not listening to his prayers and not caring about the situation around him. When God lets Habakkuk in on His purposes the prophet says, as John McEnroe might have put it, ‘You cannot be serious’.

Yet by the end of this short Biblical account Habakkuk says that although everything around him may go wrong, “yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour.” What caused this change of heart? He has been reflecting on the nature of his God; remembering all the Lord’s mighty deeds of the past and His unfailing love towards His people and that he will be patient to see God work out His purposes for good!

In our times of doubt let us do the same. Remind ourselves from scripture of all that God is and all He has done. Reflect on His goodness throughout our own lifetime, perhaps even over the past twelve months and rest assured that, as God Himself told Habakkuk, “the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea”. He is absolutely trustworthy!

Dates for your diary: PACT AGM Wednesday 17 January and PACT Unity Service Sunday 21 January

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