Believing faith

May 10, 2020

Scripture Readings

Today we read of three completely different situations that I believe teach us the same lesson:

1. Israel’s struggle against affliction from their enemies. 

2. David’s cries to be rescued as his life is threatened by Saul.

3. Jewish people of Jesus’s day, likely participants the previous day in Jesus’ ‘feeding of the five thousand, challenging Jesus for more food.

In each case people are reaching out to God for help…much as we are this day.  However, our current struggle is not against a human form, but instead a virus that is sweeping the planet.

Regardless of the circumstance in life, our response in every situation should be the same. We are to believe.

Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom he sent. “Many years ago, early church believers gathered together in Nicene and affirmed a statement of belief that is true to this day:

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

May God bless us with a believing faith and may we receive this ‘Bread’ which has come down from Heaven.

 

Steve Caldwell

Elder, engineer, very average golfer but way better than average friend