North Augusta, South Carolina
From the Pastor’s Desk .....
As we pen this documentary from the pastor’s desk for the month of September, we are blessed by almighty God to do so under the theme “Hope in the midst of disparities.” In times like these, in which we are confounded about with many disparities with so little hope, we must look to the Lord for a means of hope in the midst of these disparities.
The question may be asked, what are disparities? Before we can attempt to address the definition of disparities, let us first take a hard look at the definition of hope. I firmly believe that once we can define hope, we will have a better understanding of the true meaning of disparities.
Hope is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Disparity is defined as the lack of similarity or equality; inequality; differences. Our hope rest upon the mere notion that the lack of similarities or equalities, inequalities and differences are overshadowed by and the love Jesus said we, as his disciples, would be known by. That, of course, is the love we are to have for each other as his disciples.
Now! When the love of Jesus abides in us as his disciples, and we abide in him, our feeling of expectation and desire for similarities, equalities and/or inequalities and differences are overcome, which results in our hope becoming realistic.
In the scriptural text coming from II Chronicle 7:14, God shared with the writer, who is believed to be Ezra, the four major principles that must be executed when a nation seeks hope in the midst of disparities.
We notice that the children of Israel were at a state whereas hope was almost gone, as a result of so many set backs, so many let downs and so many disparities.
In the scriptural text starting with the 11th verse of the 7th chapter of II Chronicle, we notice that after Solomon had finished and furnished the Temple, God appeared to him by night and said, “I have heard your prayers and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices. When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send plagues among my people, if my people, who are called by my name will HUMBLE THEMSELVES, and PRAY and SEEK MY FACE and TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
God is saying to us, through the blood shed of Jesus Christ, that we are now living in a time when he has shut up the heavens and the rain of injustice has invaded the land; locusts of corruption has taken over our government –locally and nationally; plagues of all kind of diseases are running rampant through our communities, towns, cities, states and nation.
Now! If we are to have hope in the midst of these disparities, we must execute the four principles God shared to Solomon and the children of Israel through the writings of Ezra. Yes! We are called upon to maintain our hope in the midst of the disparities we see in the justice system; the disparities we see in the corruption of our government; and the disparities we see in the medical treatment of the diseases that are running rampant in our nation and society.
Yet! The question remains, Lord how shall we remain steadfast and un-moveable in our hope in the midst of these disparities in times like these?
The Lord’s reply is the same today, as it was in the days of Solomon and the children of Israel; “Humble Yourselves; Stop trying to be who you are not and go down on your knees and Pray; Seek My Face, ask forgiveness and Turn From Your Wicked Ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive your sin and heal your land says the Lord.”
First Providence Baptist Church
315 Barton Road
North Augusta, SC 29841
Phone: (803) 279-8836
Fax: (803) 441-8666