Old Testament Lesson
1 Kings 13:1-10
This man of the Lord who is talked about in this passage; his name is never given. We don't really know where he came from, we don't really know where he went. We don't know who is family was; we don't know who his children or grandchildren where. We just simply know that he had a mission from God, and he completed. Serving God does not make us famous, does not promise us money or power, does not mean that everyone will know who we are.
But, serving God means that in this life of shifting sands will have a purpose and a goal and a plan. Serving God means that we live for something beyond ourselves; something greater than ourselves, something that will give us true life. Serving only ourselves, we find ourselves empty. Serving God we find life. This man of the Lord, he simply did what the Lord called him to do. May we do the same.
New Testament Lesson
Paul tells us today that the one that began a good work in us will complete that work. God isn't done with us yet. We may not be exactly what we ought to be, we may not be the man or woman that we should be, but God is not done with us yet. He is still working on us, He is still pulling on us, He is still making us into the people we should be.
So, don't give up. Keep on working and praying and trying. The Lord is not done with us. Have faith, hold fast, and know that His grace is still doing amazing things.
Here, Jesus body is laid in the tomb. This is the darkest moment within the Bible. For in this moment, our Lord looks defeated. In this moment, it looks like evil has one. In this moment, it looks like all that Jesus had done was far naught. This is that dark moment.
Let us never forget that in the dark moments of our lives; just like in this dark moment, God is not done. God is still at work, doing something great, even if our eyes can't see. Remember, His hand is still at work, even when we can't see.