Equipping the Saints

Posted by Kim McDonald, Category: Announcements, Church News, Equipping the Saints,

“May the Lord Be With You”
“Seek good and not evil, that you may live; So the Lord God of hosts will be with you, as you have spoken (Amos 5:14).”

It seems you can’t escape it no matter what you do. Television, radio, even the advertisements are concentrated on the new Star Wars movie. Even if you are not a fan its force surrounds you. There’s a Jedi church whose ranks are multiplying – belief in God is optional.1 Even some Evangelical churches are getting in on the act by incorporating Star Wars themes and sets into their sermons and worship.2 What is it that can generate such hype in our culture?

Perhaps a current Dodge pick-up truck advertisement, capitalizing on the hysteria, sums it up. According to the commercial; “There exists an all-powerful force in the universe. It surrounds us, gives us strength, it turns fear into hope. And to those who seek to harness such power – THIS IS WHAT YOU’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR.” It seems that there is something that everyone is seeking and it is either alignment with the all powerful force in the universe… or the low financing rates offered by Dodge to get you into a new truck.

If only our pulpits would not chase after such fiction to frame what every human soul is truly seeking (2 Peter 1:16) and if each one would have such a love for the truth (2 Timothy 4:4, 2 Thessalonians 2:10) that they could come to know that Force which is God. He is the all-powerful One that created the universe (Psalm 8:3, John 1:3, Colossians 1:16) and maintains it by His word (Hebrews 1:3). He indeed surrounds us and is near to each one of us (Acts 17:27-28). To those who follow Him He has given His Spirit (Acts 2:38) which is greater than any dark power (1 John 4:4). To all who turn from the dark side to become children of light (Ephesians 5:8) He gives a sword with which to do battle (Ephesians 6:12, 17) which is living and powerful (Hebrews 4:12).

His force has proven powerful and victorious in many battles throughout all generations (Numbers 14:9, Deuteronomy 6:18, Joshua 3:7). Without the Lord’s force being with a person or a nation they suffered defeat and ruin (Deuteronomy 1:42). King Saul was defeated by his foes after the Lord had departed from him (1 Samuel 16:14, 28:16). Samson was empowered with strength by the Lord to have such victories no Jedi could achieve. But once the Lord departed from him (Judges 16:20) he would taste defeat. Israel suffered such defeats repeatedly. When the Lord was with a person or a nation they were victorious in their struggles against all enemies (Exodus 14:25). He still does this for those who walk in the light (Romans 8:31, 37). While we may struggle with dark forces in this epic cosmic war (Ephesians 6:12).

“May the Force be with you” is spoken in a hopeful uncertain manner. But if one desires he or she may have the Lord with them – if first they commit to be with the Lord. THIS IS WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR. The Lord be with you!

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all (2 Thessalonians 3:16).”

Billy Alexander