Many of you know that I am working with Covenant Hospice as a chaplain in addition to serving as your pastor. For me,the most meaningful part of the job is hearing the stories of lives and the events that have brought them to their present condition. Some have made choices which have led to poor health, but most have just come to the time when their bodies are limited by natural aging.
Some of the people have immigrated to America to escape dangerous conditions in their homelands, and recently I have talked to evacuees from Hurricane Michael. For a few, their homes and their assisted living facilities were destroyed. One couple in such a situation proved to be a timely encounter for connecting me with a way to get needed supplies to hurricane victims in the devastated areas to our east.
"The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1
Fear. One of the enemy's most popular weapons that he uses against us. Worry, anxiety, fear...can overwhelm us with a thick shadow of darkness, controlling our every move and decision.
So much crazy going on around us today - wars, conflicts, persecution, violence, crime, natural disasters, terrorism, economic uncertainty, unemployment, divisions, disease, death. We fear for our children's future, we fear for our families, we fear for our financial future, we fear for our safety. The list goes on...long. There actually is a lot we could potentially worry about.
As you know, there are 66 books in the Bible. They all fit inside a book, maybe 3 inches tall or smaller.
I have a challenge question for you. Since I have 1 book which contains 66 books inside of it, and you had 66 books stacked one on top of the other and maybe it equaled 5 feet or more, who would have the highest stack of books? Take all the time you need to answer this.
No matter how high your stack is, mine will Always be the highest. 3 inches must be very powerful to be higher than your 5 feet plus.