My blog is an intentional look at the world around me. My sermons are an intentional look at God’s Word. There is not a lot of exposition of daily life in my sermons. Instead, on Sunday we look at what it means that God breaks into our world with communication. He speaks and we seek to understand what He is saying. My blog on the other hand is an intentional attempt to exposit the world. My blog is a lot more of my opinion.
So as I sat down this morning to exposit my world, and I just couldn’t find that thing that needed to be said. I am not often given to writer’s block, and to be quite honest, my lack of a topic is NOT due to writers’s block. My inability to write is due to being overwhelmed by the world I see right now. I am tired of the pandemic. I am tired of attitudes about masks. There is a Supreme Court nomination vote going on even as I write, and I won’t touch that discussion with a ten foot pole. There is a presidential election going on right now, and I have no will to write about that. There are so many things to discuss from a Christian worldview, and none of them seem to have any benefit in the discussion.
And so I decided to write about what we ought to say when we don’t know what to say. God is at work. I joked in my opening sermon this year on the first Sunday in January that this must be the year of perfect vision because it is 20/20. And I think it has become true. Many of us have been forced, through fear, through sickness, through economic hardship, through political and social unrest, to consider what really matters. And where can hope be found?
And the one thing I cling to in all the hardships of life is this simple statement. God is at work. He is still in charge. He has a plan. And I trust Him. I trust Him because He is good. How do I know He is good? I know He is good because He willingly came in flesh to lay His life down for His people. That is the God who is at work in this world. This is the God I see in the Scriptures. And this is the God who makes sense of my world. It is not trite or overly simplistic to cling to the hope that God is at work. Without that hope, I would be terrified at the prospect that there are still two more months of this year to usher in a grand finale. 2020 has been a tough year. But it has been a year where God has been, and continues to be, at work.