I would like to address the community of Great Bend with this letter.
I have been disturbed, as most have, with all that is going on in our community’s political field presently.
I received a call about a prayer gathering for Great Bend’s police chief. I am never opposed to a community coming together for prayer. My prayer is it will be rightly focused.
See, the Lord our God is doing something in our community. Anytime God calls His people to gather for prayer, He is up to something.
One of the ways God works is through revealing truth. Luke 8:17 says, “For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.”
I don’t claim to know anything about what is going on between the Council, the Administrator or the Chief, so, I just want the truth to be revealed.
God never takes sides in situations like this. Joshua when encountered with leading God’s people into a battle asked “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.”
God has a purpose in all that is going on. Romans 8:28 tells us that His purpose is for the good of all those who love the Lord.
As I say, I don’t know the truth, I don’t know what God’s purpose with all of this is, but I do know that God will save His people.
There was a time when Shadrach, Meshach and Adednigo would not bow to the idol made by their king. They refused to obey their king. They did though go through the punishment of being thrown into the fire. Now God saved them from the fire but they did have to go through it.
A man named Daniel refused to obey his king’s order also. He was thrown into the lion’s den. God saved him also but he did have to suffer the night with the lions.
Through both of these events the God of Scripture was raised on high. He was glorified and it changed the communities in which these events took place.
God is up to something here in Great Bend. May we, the people, humble ourselves unto our Lord and pray that He reveals what He is doing. See, it is better that His will be done than ours. We may not yet know the full purpose of God, but, it will come to pass and everything will finally be made know to all.
Let’s pray the Lord’s will be revealed to all!
Pastor Thomas R. Swain
First Church of God