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Rankin Lake Baptist Church



Rev. Jim Loftis

April 2021
The first day of spring has come and gone…and we are still in the throes of dampness, cool temperatures and RAIN.  And every time we turn around it seems there is more rain coming.  I’m sorry, but in a few weeks when we are in the midst of 90-degree days and it is dry and hot, I will be longing for the cool days of dampness. 
Interestingly, my Bible reading this morning dealt some with God’s creation.  One verse said, “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” (Psalm 33:5b) So what I receive from the Lord in the way of what is in creation I should just appreciate it.  So, I’m sorry Lord for not being grateful for the coolness. 
Further in to the Psalm 33 text is another challenging verse.  Verse 12 starts out with, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…”  I don’t have enough time nor space, and you don’t want to be reminded of all the junk that is being perpetrated upon us as a nation in the name of inclusion, tolerance and kindness. 
Suffice it to say, be careful what you read in the media is included in legislation.  It rarely highlights every thing that is included in a bill that could be a page or two in length, but ends up being 300 pages.  Beware what that type of bill   includes!
Still further in the Psalm 33 text is another verse that should grip us.  Verse 18 says, “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy…”  So, the question that begs an answer is where, or in what, do we hope for?  Lots of people desire happiness.  Lots of people long for comfort.  Many want to be left alone, or just left to live as they please.  And if you listen to the wording in commercials, there is usually something about “you deserve” included, no matter if the commercial is about vehicles, food or even selling houses.
If you took a serious look into your life, where is your anchor? Or, as verse 18 says, your hope? The concluding verses in Psalm 33 say it like this: (verses 20-22) Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.  For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.  Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in You.”  There is a lot of good counsel in these last 3 verses—waiting on the Lord, trusting in the Lord and hope in the Lord.  May that be where we anchor our lives. 
O Lord, as we celebrate the resurrection, help us realize you have a plan for our lives just as you did for Your Son.  May each of us choose to walk with you!
Your Pastor and friend,
 Jim Loftis

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