As some of you know, I’ve made a career out of working with computers. Starting in the early 1980’s, I’ve worked in many different areas of the industry, but for the most part, I’ve always returned to hardware support.  One of the main things I’ve learned is that if you don’t know the basics, dealing with the challenges of today becomes much more difficult.  Sometimes, the best course of action can be to just pause, press Reset, and spend some time reflecting on what’s really going on with the challenge you’re facing.  The same can be true with our Christian life.
As with many things, the best place to start is usually at the beginning.  Open your Bible to page 1 and what does it say?  Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God…”  Yep, it’s really that simple.  The assumption from the beginning is that there is one true God who has always existed and we are to believe by faith.  Hebrews 11:6 says “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  So, the foundation we’re to build off of is this, by faith we believe in the one true God.  With this understanding, we’re off to a good start.
The next Biblical truth that we need to always remember is that God’s never surprised.  He’s had a plan from the very beginning and it will never change.  In Genesis 3:15, Adam and Eve have sinned and God is cursing the serpent.  “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed (Satan and unbelievers) and her Seed (Christ); He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”  Through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, we see that God’s plan has never wavered.
The final truth I’d like to touch on is that, as believers, we are the recipients of God’s love and care.  Psalm 86:15 says “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”  Isaiah 54:10 “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”  Psalm 136:26 “Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.” And finally, the greatest declaration of God’s love for us, John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
It’s reassuring to know that as Christians, no matter what the outcome of our current situation, we have no reason to fear.  Yes, the challenges and struggles we might face are real and can be difficult, but Be Encouraged, we believe in an eternal and unchanging God who unconditionally loves and cares for those who believe in Him.
Kurt Kowalk

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