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Pastor’s Feather: Trust in God

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“Confidence” “The feeling or belief that you can rely on someone or something; firm confidence.

As the end of 2021 approaches, we might find ourselves surrounded by more disbelief than confidence these days! Our world we live in now seems to be filled with many uncertainties. With the spread of new diseases and the search for the truth in all the information given to us on a daily basis, this has led many people to live their lives in fear.

We should ask ourselves, “Have we built our life on a foundation of sand or have we built it on the solid Rock of Jesus?” Jesus himself said that “IF” we have faith in God, our future is secure.


“You are of God, little children, and you have overcome them, for greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world. “- 1 John 4: 4.

From the time of Jesus’ ascension to heaven recorded in the book of Acts 1: 9-11, we know that he will return again. Since his ascension to heaven, some have spoken of when this would actually happen, causing only confusion and doubt.

In the covers of our Bibles, we see where others have gone through difficult times. God knew ahead of time, and He was always there, in one form or another, watching and guiding His people.

He divided the Red Sea, used a young shepherd to kill a giant, provided protection from a fiery furnace, shut the lions’ mouths, and repeatedly defeated an opposing foe, bringing down the walls of Jericho by a shout. Many times performing miracles beyond human imagination.

With the New Year 2022 upon us, let us prepare with prayers and then rely on the peace and strength of God, may the Holy Spirit be our guide and not the world.

Every day we see new movements that cause division, stir up hatred, sometimes leading to death. Instead of falling into the devil’s trap, let’s look to God for direction.

“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In this way, you will act like true children of your Heavenly Father. For he gives his sun to the evil as well as to the good, and rains on the just and the unjust. – Matthew 5: 44-45 (NLT).

So as I wish you all a happy new year, let’s look at 1 John 4:11. “Beloved, if God has loved us so much, we must also love one another. ”

– Ron Witbeck is Associate Pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids.