Oh, Lord, Our Lord, How Majestic Is Your Name!

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

After 8 years, our pastor has decided to leave. This was his first church and now he feels led in another direction. He is not leaving for another church and he is not leaving the community. He’s not having to leave for stealing, indecent acts or anything like that. He’s just changing his field of ministry which he will not discuss at this time due to having a couple of things in the works.

This to me was very understandable — but not to everyone. I have been approached by a couple of people in the church who are really upset, even to the point of crying and feeling a little angry. I shared with them my thoughts as well as with the pastor. They are:

1. I am sad until I think about the Lord orchestrating this move. Then I get excited for him and his family and for their future.

2. I shed tears because the human side will miss him in the pulpit. Then my tears turn to joy and excitement waiting to see who the Lord will Bless us with next!!! In fact, I’m gonna start thanking him already for who he is gonna send to our church.

3. I know we have people thinking about joining our congregation. Then I know we are being watched to see how we respond to this situation.

This to me is a perfect example of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 which says: “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

I thank the Lord for this attitude, especially when one Sunday after church I overheard someone approach this lady who I had shared these thoughts with just a day or two ago. The women walked up to her crying and said: “This is such a sad sad day”! I could not help but rejoice in the Lord when I heard her say: “Well, not really when you realize God is in control, in fact, it’s kinda exciting”!

Ain’t God good!!! I just praise Him and thank Him for being the center of my very being and I rest in knowing that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen!

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)