1st March 2014

The Unthinkable

“Yet I hold this against you: you have forsaken the love you had at first.”
Revelation 2:4 (NIV)

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they feel alone – alone in a crowd or alone in a solitary environment. We may ask ourselves, “what if this is it?”  “What if there is nothing else to follow?” William Lane Craig, the American analytic philosopher of religion, states, “Whether it comes sooner or later, the prospect of death and the threat of non-being is a terrible horror.”  These are examples of what I would call ‘unthinkable thoughts’, and they often come at times when we are low and lonely.

There is, however, one ‘unthinkable thought’ that really is frightening, and that is the thought of a life without God. Try to imagine what it would be like.  No-one to turn to – full stop.  Our lives would lack meaning and purpose.  Regardless of status, a life without God is truly unthinkable.  He has promised never to leave us or forsake us, but we need to ensure that we do not forsake Him.  To their cost, the ancient Israelites forsook God, despite Him delivering them from slavery and bondage, and providing sustenance throughout their journey. They learned the hard way and found repentance, as we read in Joshua 24:16.

Our life is a physical and spiritual journey—the unthinkable is to go it alone.  The apostle Paul instructed us to “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13:5).  The distractions and trappings of this life can gradually and imperceptibly remove us from our wonderful heavenly Father.  It is a sobering thought – an unthinkable thought. 

A far better thought is sharing King David’s concept of God:  “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11).  We are blessed with God’s assurance that He will be with us always, through the highs and lows of life.  We need to believe and trust His word, as he says, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mathew 28:20).

Prayer
Father God, we thank you for giving us hope in a world where there is little hope.  You are our everything.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus lives in us and thereby we focus on how wonderful you are.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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irenewilsonAbout the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God 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: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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