Thursday, July 30, 2015

Walking with God

There is an old hymn that goes this way,

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

Those given to a cold, realistic view of life scoff at such a warm personal relationship with God. They mockingly ask the questions,

Where is God when the cancer is diagnosed?
Where is God when babies die of hunger?
Where is God when earthquakes instantly kill thousands of people?

And it is true, when those crushing moments happen all human beings are left in shock, left to grasp for answers. But even more important than answering the “Why?” questions of tragedy is the matter of finding a reason and the strength to carry on. It is precisely at this essential point the skeptic is left speechless. For his only response can be, “Carry on because it is the only alternative to giving up.”

It is God alone who walks with us on the path of agony, the God who at one point in history actually walked in our shoes, who comes to us with those reassuring words, “If I am for you, who can be against you? If I considered you worth dying for, you can believe I will somehow get you through this.”

Maybe the most powerful reassurance of God’s ongoing, personal presence in our lives is written in the 23rd Psalm. This weekend we are going to mine the treasures of that prayer. May it be the beginning of a lifetime of walking with God.

Saturday night service: 6:00 pm
Sunday morning service: 10:00 am

Hawaii Lutheran Church (WELS)

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Honolulu, HI
Community Lutheran Church holds protestant chapel services in Honolulu, Hawaii near Pearl Harbor, HI. We are next to the USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Hickam Air Force Base, and Fort Shafter Hawaii. Look for us directly behind the Salt Lake, Hawaii, Target.