Thursday, October 19, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Hope in God
Titus 2:1-7
VS.1 "But as for you, teach what is consistent with sound doctrine". 
The English word “hygiene” comes from the Greek word that is translated as “sound” in this verse.  Paul here is telling Titus to teach doctrines that will create a healthy church and a healthy family.  A healthy church consists of both young and old members.  While there are plenty of   challenges when ministering to people from various ages, there also is a great blessing.
People from different ages are to minister to each other.  In this passage it deals with older women encouraging younger women to live the proper Christian life (Titus 2:4-5.)  In other parts of the bible we are told of how the widows were taken care of by the whole community of disciples (Acts 6.)  The Bible shows that God does not show partiality (Acts 10:34-35.)  In Christ not only are the barriers between race and sex removed (Galatians 3:28), but also the barriers between age are removed.  People of all ages are to be respected (1Timothy 5:1-3.)
As we contemplate the theme “Old Age: Hope in God” we should be strengthen by the fact that people of any age can be used by God.  From Moses who led the Israelites until he was 120 years old; to the older women who set an example for the younger women in the New Testament times; in the Bible we have elderly people leading and guiding the younger generations.
The wisdom and experience that God has given the “older generation” is a gift that is to be shared with the younger generation, helping them to live the proper Christian life.  They are teachers who have experienced life and understand what it means to “Hope in God.”  Hope in God means believing that God has a plan and purpose for us.  It means trusting and not being afraid.  It means that though we may face problems and difficulties, that though others many leave us, God will never leave or forsake us.  Hope in God means that even when we walk through “the valley of the shadow of death,” we are not afraid, because God is with us.
When the book of Lamentations was written and the Israelites were recording the pain, suffering, and embarrassments they were enduring, they remembered one thing: "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” – Lamentations 3:22-24.
We hope in God, because God is faithful.  He will never leave us or forsake us. Because of this we can live in hope.
Lord, allow me to always remember that your steadfast love never ceases, and that you can use me every day of my life to glorify Your name…  Amen.
Rev. Shibi Abraham, Youth Chaplain, North East Region