As life goes on I continue to be enriched because of the people and circumstances in which the Lord places me.
Over the past year, I've had friends and relatives pass away, I've seen lives transformed by God's power, I've enjoyed anniversaries and birthdays, and I've developed new relationships. All of these touch-points have enriched my life.
I've had the opportunity of helping celebrate many amazing anniversaries, but none like that of Gerald Squyres who recently celebrated 60 years of preaching the Gospel of Christ. "Intense," "focus," "passionate," "evangelistic," "biblical," "integrity" and "loving" are words that reflect his life and ministry. As I worshiped with the Huntington Beach Baptist Church family, I thought of the many pastors and church leaders in California who labor daily without much recognition. From established communities in transition to the exploding suburbs, thousands of men and women daily labor faithfully for God. They step out of the box daily to touch lives and offer answers to real problems. I am grateful for the ministry of pastors, staff and lay leaders who serve God each day.
Before us we find many issues - elections, finances, projects - all of which consume much of our time and energy. As I think about the avalanche of issues facing us, I am reminded of the words of King Jehoshaphat of Judah. With a host of enemies preparing to attack and possibly wipe Judah off the map, the king called for a season of prayer and fasting.
I love God's response to Jehoshaphat's prayer: " ... Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's ... . You will not have to fight this battle ... . Take your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you ... . Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be
with you" (II Chronicles 20:15-17).
Let's remember that the battle is not ours, but God's. Let us also remember the words of Zerubbabel in Zechariah 4:6: "'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,'" says the Lord Almighty."
Let us not forget! He is our God and is in control of every situation!