Amid this strange and difficult time of social distancing, we find ourselves in an unfamiliar and lonely wilderness. Many of us are disoriented or weary, stumbling through or stressed out—or maybe all of the above. Where can we find our hope? National Author, Journalist, Speaker, Pastor, and Friend of Highlands Church, Jeff Chu leads us as we begin our new sermon series and our new work of being grounded in gratitude and generosity.
Isaiah 43:16-21 and Ephesians 3:12-20 (CEB Version)
16 The Lord says—who makes a way in the sea
and a path in the mighty waters,
17 who brings out chariot and horse,
army and battalion;
they will lie down together and will not rise;
they will be extinguished, extinguished like a wick.
18 Don’t remember the prior things;
don’t ponder ancient history.
19 Look! I’m doing a new thing;
now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it?
I’m making a way in the desert,
paths[a] in the wilderness.
20 The beasts of the field,
the jackals and ostriches, will honor me,
because I have put water in the desert
and streams in the wilderness
to give water to my people,
my chosen ones,
21 this people whom I formed for myself,
who will recount my praise. – Isaiah 43:16-21 (CEB Version)
12 In Christ we have bold and confident access to God through faith in him.[a] 13 So then, I ask you not to become discouraged by what I’m suffering for you, which is your glory.
14 This is why I kneel before the Father. 15 Every ethnic group in heaven or on earth is recognized by him. 16 I ask that he will strengthen you in your inner selves from the riches of his glory through the Spirit. 17 I ask that Christ will live in your hearts through faith. As a result of having strong roots in love, 18 I ask that you’ll have the power to grasp love’s width and length, height and depth, together with all believers. 19 I ask that you’ll know the love of Christ that is beyond knowledge so that you will be filled entirely with the fullness of God.
20 Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us. -Ephesians 3:12-20 (CEB Version)