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Faith in Time of Distress

Ármann Pálsson
Faith in Time of Distress

Hi church!
It’s staggering to think about the impact one virus can have worldwide and how quickly things can change. In the blink of an eye our man made systems are shaken. Everyone, both Christians and unbelievers are forced to consider, what do I ultimately put my trust in?

As a Christian I ask myself, is my trust in the healthcare system, stocked grocery shelves, the government or is it in the one true God? Don’t misunderstand me, all these things are great and serve a purpose and have served me well. Yet, I know that our Creator is the One who sustains these systems and I will still use them but the totality of my trust needs to rest in Jesus Christ.

Why is this happening now? Romans 8:22 came to mind today as I was talking to a friend. “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.” It’s almost as if nature is eagerly waiting for God to return. Paul writes in the next verse that we groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for Christ to return and redeem us.

“Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.”
Romans 8:23.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5). Let’s take this truth and focus on it, preach it into your heart until it becomes a treasure that no one or nothing can take away.

5 Comments

  • Paul Polson says:

    Thanks Pastor Armann!! I appreciate your comments on this sermon. I too agree with you on having a hard copy of the Bible. It helps me to remember where certainly verses are, specifically the left or right side of the page or middle or corner of the page.
    I also like what you said about thankfulness, even when things are not going our way. I find if I’m more thankful in those times, I have a much different look on the situation.

    Thanks Armann!!🙋‍♂️
    Paul

  • Don says:

    Thanks for the reminder that now is the time to praise Him and be thankful in all circumstances. Also I need to physically pick up the word instead of just using an app. This is a time to find out how much we really trust in His goodness and provision. I really appreciate the leaders at AP in these times.

  • Nicholas T. says:

    I miss you too church!!

    Thanks for the post Pastor Armann, couldn’t agree more.

  • Elaine Fifield says:

    Thanks so much for this encouraging word. I love that you recorded it in the AP church building because, even though we all know the church is not a building, there is something comforting in knowing that the ‘structure’ in which we meet to worship God, hear His Word and fellowship with one another, is still there awaiting our return. It reminds us that, Lord willing, this isolation period is just a passing season. Hopefully, when we are finally able to ‘re-gather’, it will be a far sweeter experience for all of us; perhaps like a modern day re-enactment of Psalm 133, when (it is believed) David gathered the divided House of Israel together to witness his anointing as King. May God grant that we can echo these magnificent words with renewed zeal, “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”

    I also appreciated your ‘old school’ style of bringing us back to a paper copy of the scriptures. I agree with you, that there is nothing quite so wonderful as holding a ‘hard copy’ of the Word of God in our hands and flipping through its pages.

    I appreciate your analogy that “life is like a Manitoba road”!! It’s a perfect visual and I will remember it often.

    Thanks again Ármann.

  • Darryl Friesen says:

    Fabulous, Ármann! Loved it. God is good—and this alone is reason to live in gratitude. Jesus Himself understands hardship, disappointment, and loss. He is with us through everything, and will never abandon us. Just like verse 9 says—He has heard our plea, and accepted our prayer. All reasons to focus our eyes fully on Him, and THANK Him!

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