• Dr. Mike Routt


The theme of this month’s message series is “BY FAITH.”  Talk about timely!  With the update we received in regard to our relocation effort, we need the reminder that our trust and faith must remain in GOD and NOT in our circumstances.  As we look at Hebrews 11, we find the path to the fulfillment of GOD’s promises is lined with obstacles and challenges.  Ask Noah.  Abraham.  Jacob.  Joseph.  Moses.  Just to name of few.

As you already know, faith is foundational in the Christian life.  The writer reminds us of this truth in Hebrews 11:6: “Without faith it is impossible to please GOD.”

When we encounter these challenges in our “walk of faith,” we embrace them because GOD works in our lives through adversity.

I Peter 1: 6-7 declares,“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of JESUS CHRIST.”

Joseph’s story reminds us of GOD’s providence.  For 12 years, he endured unjust hardship.  Adversity was his constant companion.  Sold into slavery. Falsely accused by an adulteress.  Unfair imprisonment.  For 12 consecutive years, “nothing went right” for Joseph.  Yet, when GOD providentially elevated him to the position of prime minister, He used Joseph in a significant way to keep the Israelite nation alive (and Egypt and other nations as well) through 7 years of severe famine.

At the end of his life, Joseph looked back at those 12 years of adversity.  He declared in Genesis 50:20:“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but GOD meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”

When the day arrives when we have successfully moved into our new campus, like Joseph, we will look back, see the big picture, and realize GOD providentially directed us through the entire relocation process.  And, like Joseph, we will look back with gratitude for the way GOD shaped our lives through the adversity and strengthened us for the preferred future He has in store for us.


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