July 17, 2019
Vacation Bible School is in full swing at Anchor Point. This year, the theme of God’s goodness is being displayed through the Israelites and their captivity in Egypt. After 400 years of slavery, God raised Moses as the person who stood up to Pharaoh to demand the Israelites be freed. Through the unfair treatment they received as slaves, to the fear they must have felt during the plagues and being chased to the Red Sea, and then the change and adjustment they had to overcome by wandering in the desert, we’re learning that God remained with the Israelites the entire time. Trusting God was the answer the Israelites needed then, and is the answer that we need today. The stories leading up to the Exodus are familiar ones, and trusting God is a lesson that is reinforced throughout the Bible.
However, the message of trusting God was rapidly reinforced later in the evening during our daily devotion. Today, I selected Luke 13: 1-5. When I first decided to use that verse, it wasn’t trust that was on my mind. Instead I was thinking back to earlier in the day when our foam board backdrop fell over, and Luke made a comment afterwards that we should have been teaching about the fall of Jericho. So I thought, why not use a verse about a falling tower on the same day we had some of our scenery fall? But later on, I was reminded about an individual named Tad that Luke and Mary Anne met yesterday who has been struggling with the death of his wife. In the first five verses of Luke 13, we learn that sometimes bad things just happen. When the Tower of Siloam fell and killed 18 people, Jesus tells us that those men who died were not worse sinners than other men in the city. We live in a world that is under the curse of sin, and bad things are going to happen. Whether we are faced with the death of a loved one like Tad is now, or natural disasters (Alaska is suffering from a drought and wildfires this summer, while back home we’ve had tornadoes and floods), or illness, or any other problem, our first inclination may be to be angry. And sometimes that anger is directed at God. But instead, in all things we need to be trusting God. He sent his Son to be our savior, to rescue us from the ultimate calamity of eternal separation from Him. Though we may endure temporary hardships, we know (and can trust) that the Bible tells us that the final victory is God’s, and as His children, we are co-heirs with Christ. That kind of trust should brighten our own hearts, and give confidence to the children here in Anchor Point.