On behalf of the Elders, I wanted to reach out to the Lifepoint family and encourage all of you during this difficult season. While the situation we are all in is not what we would have chosen, I believe it is an opportunity for all of us to acknowledge this simple truth:
We are not in control.
As much as we all like to think that we have dominion over our lives, as much as we try to schedule our day-to-day activities, we don’t have to wait very long before some small (or large) event happens to show us how little control we actually have. Our tire blows out on the way to work, or one of our kids wakes up with a fever, or maybe we get a phone call that completely rocks our world…a million things can happen at any moment that confirm the truth that we have very little control over our lives.
Thankfully, we know a God who is in control. In fact, we have a God who is absolutely sovereign over all human events. One of the main themes in the book of Daniel is the sovereignty of God. If you recall from the sermon series we just wrapped up, Daniel was part of the group of Jews taken from Judah when King Nebuchadnezzer conquered the land as he expanded the Babylonian Empire. Nearly 18,000 men, women, and children were taken from their homes to Babylon, where they were to learn about the Babylonian way of life. For 70 years, God’s chosen people were forced to live in a land that was not their own. I’m sure for some of the Jews, it seemed like God had lost control of the situation, and that they would never return to their homeland. God put Daniel there among them as His prophet to tell them that nothing could be further from the truth:
He changes times and seasons;
he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding;
…until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.
for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
and among the inhabitants of the earth;and none can stay his hand
or say to him, “What have you done?”
Daniel is clear: God is sovereign over kings and empires, and he will use them as he pleases. Everything that God’s people were going through was just as God had ordained. Nothing is ever out of His sovereign control. In Chapter 7, Daniel writes of a King that will come “like a son of man” who’s “dominion is an everlasting dominion.” Daniel is looking forward to the future reign of Jesus, when he establishes his kingdom and all the other kingdoms will fall.
This was written to give the Jewish people hope, but do you think the disciples of Jesus believed that prophesy when he was arrested and then executed? No, if there was any time in history that looked like God had lost control, it was when Jesus was crucified on the cross. But the truth is, God was in control of every moment of Christ’s crucifixion. He had placed the people in Jerusalem to ensure that it happened the way it did (Acts 4:27) to fulfill His plan of redemption for His people. Jesus rose from the grave proving that he was the King sent to fulfill that prophesy, and his reign is visible today in His Church as we spread a passion for His glory!
So for us, Lifepoint, when our lives seem like they are spinning wildly out of control, or maybe just when things don’t go as planned, we know that God “works all things according to the counsel of his will..” (Eph. 1:11), and we hope in the kingdom of Jesus that will be fully revealed at His return.
In light of this truth, we ask three things:
1. Pray for the staff as they handle the day-to-day ministry of Lifepoint, even as they struggle to work through this difficult season. We have a great group of people that love Jesus, and desire to serve His church well, but are having to rethink and re-prioritize their time in the wake of Brett’s departure.
2. Pray for the elders as we begin the process of finding a Lead Pastor. We have a plan moving forward, but ultimately we trust the Holy Spirit to lead this process, and give us the right man for this next season of ministry at Lifepoint. I know we have already grown in dependance on God, and know that we can do nothing apart from his sovereign leading.
3. Pray that God would already be stirring in the hearts of a man and his family to join us in Quincy. We know that God has the right person in mind, and we are trusting Him to make that clear to this man, and to the staff and elders.
Thank you for being part of the Lifepoint Family.