Thought for the month

Who is in control?

 

My wife was helping at a youth club this week, and when the kids were asked what was the best and worst thing about 2020 one of them said that the best thing was that this year was making history and he was part of it!

That wasn’t an understatement. The forest fires in Australia in January, Brexit, and the severe flooding in this country seem decades ago. Since then the world has been turned upside down by the Corona virus pandemic. Worldwide over 1,250,000 lives have been lost to the virus, with many more seriously affected. People have lost jobs; education has been seriously affected, sport continues with no spectators, and churches have been closed for many months. No area of life has continued unchanged. Who would’ve thought that we would see students in Manchester tearing down fencing that had been erected around their accommodation without them being informed, and a woman arrested for taking her elderly mother out of a care home?

On top of all that we have seen a very divisive presidential election in the USA, which has followed international riots after the killing of George Floyd in May. The statue of Edward Colston in Bristol was the first of many to fall, and Bristol’s Colston Hall has been renamed the Bristol Beacon

With such a year we could be forgiven for asking is anyone really in control? Is there a God and does he really care?

The Bible’s answer is an emphatic yes!  In the book of Ruth in the Bible the widowed eponymous character leaves her homeland and joins her mother in law, Naomi, who is also widowed, to return to the land of Israel. They have no money, no hope and no future. All Ruth can do is go to the fields to gather the leftover grain after the harvesters have finished.

But God is in control, he knows what he is doing and his plan is slowly unfolding even though Ruth does not know it. It so happens that the field owner, Boaz, is a relative of Naomi. This is not a coincidence; this is God’s plan taking shape. As the story progresses Ruth eventually marries Boaz and all her worries of being a penniless widow in a foreign land have evaporated. She is loved and provided for, and part of a family once again.  But the story continues; Ruth and Boaz have a son, Obed and he becomes the grandfather, of David, the greatest king Israel ever had. And generations later, from that same family line, comes Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.

So, when things seem out of control, and when it seems that God is distant, remember the story of Ruth. Remember that God really does care, and remember that he really does know what he is doing, and may be not this year, and may be not next year, but one day we will understand why everything was the way it was, and in that we can have full confidence.

 

Dave Fox

Face to face Sunday Worship has been suspended for the forseeable future.

1. Nov, 2020

Sunday Morning Service

10.30pm on Zoom.
We are pleased to have Andy & Rachel David from WOW ministries who will bring us up-to-date with all their work and a message from Jeremiah.

If you would like to join in contact Dave for password and 'link' information. This gathering will be maintained until we can meet in person.

8. Nov, 2020

Sunday Morning Service - Remembrance Day

10.30pm on Zoom.
We have already started a study in Romans and Dave Fox will lead our studies on Chpt 2:25-3:20.

If you would like to join in contact Dave for password and 'link' information
This gathering will be maintained until we can meet in person.

15. Nov, 2020

Sunday Morning Service

10.30pm on Zoom.
Continuing our study in Romans we welcome John Elliott who will take Chpt 3:21-31 for his text.

If you would like to join in contact Dave for password and 'link' information
This gathering will be maintained until we can meet in person.

22. Nov, 2020

Sunday Morning Service

10.30pm on Zoom.
Continuing our study in Romans and Gerry Matthewman will continue to lead our study on Chpt 4:1-25

If you would like to join in contact Dave for password and 'link' information
This gathering will be maintained until we can meet in person.

29. Nov, 2020

Sunday Morning Service

10.30pm on Zoom.
Continuing our study in Romans Denis King will to lead our study on Chpt 5:1-21

If you would like to join in contact Dave for password and 'link' information
This gathering will be maintained until we can meet in person.

3. Nov, 2020

Tuesday Prayers each week

Not hosted on Zoom this time but if you would like to be included or have any concerns you would like the Fellowship to pray into, contact Heather on the fellowship email account - shcf.stokenham@gmail.com - and you will be included in the prayer 'agenda' circulated through the fellowship.

4. Nov, 2020

Ladies Bible Study & Prayer each Wed at this time

10.00am on Zoom

If you would like to join in contact Dave for password and 'link' information

Please contact Lin Matthewman or Heather Fox for more information.

5. Nov, 2020

'Housegroup at home' each Thursday at this time.

7.30pm hosted on Zoom

We normally have a more participatory and in-depth discussion about the passage preached the previous Sunday, with time also for fellowship/news/chat and a prayer time.

This Thursday we will be devoting more time to prayer to bring matters of personal/local/national and international concern to consideration.

If you would like to join in contact Dave for password and 'link' information.