“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1)
Welcome to Blairgowrie Parish Church,
your community church at the heart of Blairgowrie
Letting God Be God
"Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." (1Corinthians 12:12)
One of the most important things you can ever learn about God is that God is God! That's not very profound, you may think, but it is, really! Here’s why! Not knowing God, we assume that He is kind of a glorified human, and therefore try to understand Him just as you would another human being. Now, to say that God is God isn't to say for a moment that He is not a person with intelligence, will and emotions! He is that plus an infinite amount more. He is also One who can be known, which means that God is not a Force, The Prime Mover of the Universe or an Abstract Power out there—wherever that may be.
To say that God is God is to make a powerful assertion which takes us above the level of humanity, rising to the supernatural. Therefore, we should assume that in so many ways God is different from humans we know. He never changes. He has neither beginning nor end. He never grows weary nor becomes bored or frustrated. He's faithful, too. What He says He will do, He does! It may take Him some time, perhaps even a long while, and we may get pretty restless waiting for Him to come through, but He will eventually. I've often been quoted as saying, "God is seldom early, but He's never late!"
A man who spent a lifetime walking with the Lord, who was perhaps closer to God than any man in his day, Samuel, the prophet, wrote, "He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man that he should change his mind" 1 Samuel 15:29) This is one of the reasons why it's hard for some to understand Him. God is different from us. He's never in a hurry, but we often are! He always keeps His word. But often we don't. He just operates on a different logic level, and that's why it's tough for us at times. God, Himself, told us this a long time ago. You find these words in Isaiah 55:8-9, "’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”
God is also different from us in that He has infinite patience and compassion. He understands when we wouldn't even try. Have you never read a newspaper account of some terrible situation where someone was brutal to another, perhaps a child or an innocent victim, and you thought, "If I were God, I'd really would deal with person...."? Of course, you would have, and so would I, but God didn't.
Why? Is God soft on justice? Some have thought so, even those who were spiritual men or prophets. I'm thinking of Habakkuk, the man who wrote one of the Old Testament books, who faced the issue and cried out, "How long, O Lord, must I call for help but you do not listen?... Why do you tolerate wrong?" God finally answered him and he began to realize that there is an end to the patience of God, a limit when His infinite patience runs out and justice follows.
There is one thought that I want to leave with you. Let God be God! Rest in the fact that He is sovereign, that He knows the future, and therefore, if you are His child, you can rest in the confidence that He is fully in control of your life and the world in which you live. The more you know of His Word and His ways, the more confident you will be of His ability to keep you and to watch over your life. No child of God would ever question the ways of God if He understood the whole picture.
Like the visitor in a weaving factory who saw only the broken threads on the underside, we often see only part of the pattern. But someday we'll move to the other side and see the completed tapestry of our lives. “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face,” says Paul, adding, “Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12). You can rest in that confidence.
With love and prayers,
Dear God, we confess our need for you today. We need your healing and your grace. We need hope restored. We need to be reminded that you work on behalf of those you love, constantly, powerfully, completely. Forgive us for trying to fix our situations all on our own. Forgive us for running all different directions and spinning our wheels to find help, when true help and healing must be found first in You. Forgive us for forgetting how much we need you, above everyone and everything else. We come to you and bring you the places we are hurting. You see where no one else is able to fully see or understand.
You know the pain we’ve carried and for many continue to carry. The burdens. The cares. You know where we need to be set free. We ask for you’re healing and grace to cover every broken place. Every wound. Every heartache. Thank you that you are able to do far more than we could ever imagine. Thank you for your Mighty Power that acts on behalf of your children. We reach out to you and know that you are restoring and redeeming every place of difficulty, every battle, for your greater glory. Thank you that you will never waste our pain and suffering. We release to you this day every need and problem we carry or try hard to control. We believe in your goodness to see us through. We love you. We thank you and worship you today. In Jesus' name.
OUR CHURCH IS CURRENTLY CLOSED
FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP
Following the First Minister's announcement on Monday 4th January, Blairgowrie Parish Church is now closed for Sunday worship until national restrictions lessen.
Funerals and weddings can take place under tighter restrictions and families should consult with the minister/Funeral Director in the first instance.
Full details of the national guidance can be found at:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): stay at home guidance - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)
In the meantime, our weekly recorded service will continue to be available on this website.
If anyone wishes to receive a CD of the service during this period, please contact
the Session Clerk on 01250 798642.
Welcome to Blairgowrie Parish Church's website.
We’re a Christian community in the beautiful Perthshire town of Blairgowrie.
We are a church family of ordinary people who have experienced God’s love in Jesus. We seek to live and teach the Christian faith so that people can understand it and respond to the message it offers.
Whatever your reason for coming here – whether you are in need of help; searching for a church; looking forward to your wedding or baptism; exploring faith or simply planning to visit the area – come and visit us, we'd love to welcome you.
Rev Benjamin J A Abeledo
(3) Joshua: Rahab, A Story of Saving Grace
Sunday, 24 January 2021
Rev Benjamin JA Abeledo