Pastor Don Wolan

Pastor Donald Wolan
Downriver Christian Community Church
Melvindale, Michigan

Monday, January 3, 2011

Trusting in the Lord for 2011

Well, 2010 has come and gone, and 2011 is now upon us! What awaits all of us in this new year? Will it be a year like the past year for some of us, getting up and going to work, paying the bills, taking the usual vacation, or just going through the same old routine that we've done year after year? I don't know about you, but I have great anticipation for what awaits the "Church" and the Downriver Christian Community Church in 2011! I believe with all my heart that each day will see the establishing and growing of the Kingdom of God in a new and more glorious way. An exciting fact in all this is that we each play a small part in that momentous event! I don't know how God will accomplish all of this, but I do know we have His sacred word that it will be accomplished! The Bible tells us that the knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as water covers the sea (Habakkuk 2:14). The message of the Gospel is a world-changing proclamation!

Habakkuk was a prophet to Israel and warned them of imminent destruction and captivity at the hands of the Babylonians because of their constant rebellion against the Lord and His commands. God had sent Israel prophet after prophet to warn them to return to Him with all their hearts, but His message continually fell upon deaf ears. Habakkuk was burdened with delivering this message to his own people whom he loved and whom he cried out to God to have mercy on. God told Habakkuk that His word was going to be fulfilled soon and that Israel would be punished for their sins. Habakkuk was overwhelmed by what he was told and instructed to speak.

In the midst of an impending invasion, societal upheaval, religious idolatry, a changing political structure, high unemployment, and a host of other problems, Habakkuk could still write:

Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Who among us can predict what 2011 will bring in each of our lives, but whatever the new year throws at us, we can assuredly learn to trust in God's love and providence regardless of the various circumstances we may encounter! May 2011 teach us all to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding. May we acknowledge Him in all our ways, and He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Pastor Don

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