Some of the words to the old gospel hymn “God Leads Us Along” are: “some through the waters, some through the flood…” Those words became reality for our church on the day the fire alarm sounded and a sprinkler head in the attic went off. Within a short time the carpets were saturated and the ceiling began to collapse. There was no fire and we very quickly got the water turned off and began moving things out of the affected area. A cleanup company was called and the work to get up and running again was begun. We were not able to occupy our building until the sprinkler system went back on line. We were able to have services at a neighboring church but this little event caused quite a disruption. As I evaluate this disaster I am reminded of what God’s Word assures believers in Rom. 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”. Our Heavenly Father has a divine purpose for His church through this disaster. I don’t know fully what God has in store for us but there are a few lessons that we can learn. The first lesson is that God is sovereign. He is in control of everything and only allows those things to come our way that will be for our good and for His glory. Another lesson we can learn is the fact that the church is not a building but a body. Those individual believers who are redeemed by the blood of Christ make up the true church. We love our building and the place we come together to praise Him but we had it confirmed to us that Peace River Baptist is really the people. One other lessons that perhaps we can learn is for us to see what is really important. Are we attracted to our facilities, or our technology, or our programs? What if these were gone, would we still be completely focused on worshiping and honoring Jesus?
We will get back up and running very soon. But we are reminded that even though we go through the waters, or through the flood Jesus is the One we love and He is the focus of our worship wherever that may occur.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation