16th September 2020

We’re Not a’ Doomed! 

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
1 John 5:13-14 (NIV)

The late Scottish actor John Laurie coined the phrase “We’re a’ doomed” in his appearances in the situation comedy Dad’s Army. He was perpetually negative, known for his constant pessimism.  In life there are undoubtedly times when life is bleak and hard to bear, but my Scottish grandmother once put it aptly when describing a pessimist, she said “Aach, he is only happy when he’s miserable!”

Jeremiah the prophet is known by some as the ‘weeping prophet.’ His name has become a derisory term in the English language for being the ultimate pessimist.  Jeremiah was born into a world ruled by a despot king, Manasseh, who had previously sawn the prophet Isaiah in half.  The king sacrificed his own children to pagan Gods—Judah, the nation, was in serious trouble.  Jeremiah’s task was to warn the reprobate Judah of their sins against God, and he was not appreciated.  Jeremiah’s family turned on him – he died alone.  In his life he had plenty of reason to declare “We’re a’ doomed!”  Yet among his writing is one of the most cherished scriptures that Christians over the centuries have clung tenaciously to: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11). In those words Jeremiah has transmitted hope to believers for over a millennium.  God has great and exciting plans for us, and Jeremiah knew it!

Our world today is enduring a pandemic. We are in severe economic crisis and unemployment is rife with all its subsequent problems.  As Christians we have two choices in this situation: we can mournfully become weeping prophets, or we can declare the joy of Jesus.  Of course, we must have compassion for our fellow man, but Christ the Saviour of this world requires us to declare that He lives and has saved us from ourselves.  He said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:9-10). Is there a danger that we become judgmental on this world that we live in and lose the essential hope and compassion of Christ?  In doing so, we lose sight of the good news. I urge all Christians to declare the joy of Christ’s message to our beleaguered world.  There is a good day coming – there is light at the end of this tunnel – it is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and our soon coming King.  Let us get the message out there!

Prayer
Father, God, grant us the wherewithal to do your will in this troubled world—to show compassion and to give the hope of Christ to those who will listen.
Amen
 

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone:  01923-855570
Email: watford@gracecom.church

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