The unprecedented events of this past week have brought with them extreme loss, overwhelming emotions, and even fear regarding what the future may hold. However, the events of this past week have also stirred the best in people and awakened a spirit of service throughout this community and even throughout the nation. Perhaps most importantly, the devastating events of the past week have brought with them three opportunities—opportunities that God, through the apostle Paul, tells us about in II Corinthians 1:
An opportunity to minister to others
...who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God...(II Corinthians 1:4)
People are hurting ... many people we know and more whom we've never met. Times like these provide great opportunities to "share light and love" in very tangible and practical ways. Praise God that so many at Brentwood Hills are taking advantage of those opportunities. What Joe Dudney and Disaster Relief experience all over the country is now at our front door ... if not inside our homes!
An opportunity to put our trust in God
...But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead...(II Corinthians 1:9)
How many reminders do we need that God is in control - not us? What do any of us have that is absolutely "flood-proof"? God tells us there are really only two things that qualify for the "flood-proof" category: His Word and our souls. So many of the things people spend their lives to acquire or achieve can be swept away in a matter of moments. We need to be sure we are concentrating on those things that will last!
An opportunity to see God’s glory
...He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us...(II Corinthians 1:10)
Wednesday's massive headline on the front page of the Tennessean, quoting Mayor Karl Dean, was encouraging - "NASHVILLE WILL RECOVER!" These inspired words of Paul are even more encouraging: I'm absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God's love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. (Romans 8:38-39, The Message)
Church of Christ
5120 Franklin Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37220
Phone: (615) 832-2541
Fax: (615) 832-2583