From the Shepard's Heart

Our Pastor's monthly message for October

Dear Church Family,

Several years ago, one of our daughters asked for a new Bible for Christmas. Specifically, she wanted a chronological Bible; she wanted to better understand the order of the events recorded in the scriptures. We were excited that she wanted to grow in her relationship with God. Needless to say, Connie and I were excited to know she desired this gift, and we joyously gave her the Bible for Christmas.

In a similar way, Our Heavenly Father loves for His children to ask for gifts that show we are serious about our relationship with Him. James 1:5 (NIV) says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” We know how pleased God was when Solomon asked for wisdom. I believe we bring joy to God’s heart when we ask for wisdom, and this scripture gives us the assurance that God will grant our request. Several years ago, I was listening to a sermon on the radio, but I don’t remember who was preaching. I do remember his definition of wisdom: wisdom is the ability to see things as God sees them.

My, how our lives would be transformed if we truly saw things as God does. Can you imagine seeing yourself as God does, seeing your neighbor as God does, seeing the poor as God does, or seeing our church as God does.

May God grant us the wisdom to see with His eyes.


Pastor Jimmy