|Excerpt from a chapter of
Sermons by Sorors
The minister: The Rev. Vivian Chillis Bryant of Southfield, MI
Topic: Hold On Anyhow
|King James:||Be strong and courageous,
Be not dismayed for the King of Assyria,
Nor for all the multitude that is with him;
For there be more with us than with him:
With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is
The Lord our God to help us, and to fight our
Battles, and the people rested themselves
Upon the words of Hezekiah, King of Judah.
|New International Version:||Be strong and courageous.|
Do not be afraid or discouraged because of
How do you view God? Do you view Him the same before a crisis as you do during one? How do you view God when your back is against a wall and you cannot see your way out? How do you view God? As interesting as this question appears to be, as one thinks about its implications, there comes a time in our lives when this question comes out of the interesting arena and enters into reality. This, of course, is when the rubber meets the road. This, of course, is when there is no more time for theologizing! Then, your back is against a wall and there does not appear to be any way out and you must do what you must do. Yet, you cannot see with the naked eye any solution, any change, a difference with your intellect. With all your training, with all your exposure, for that matter, the situation appears to be impossible, how do you view God? My subject is one that speaks to this challenge. My subject is ‘HOLD ON, ANYHOW!"
In today’s society crises greet us more often than we can predict. Today, Christians are threatened with defeat daily. Our jobs are being threatened by bosses who want to cut corners for so-called "economic reasons." Our children seem to pay more attention to someone they never met, never talked to personally, never interacted with, but, just because the individual comes up with a rap song and it is a hit our children do what they hear in the lyrics. If that is not enough, we spend our lives on our knees praying to the Lord and trying to teach our children to distinguish right from wrong. However, they prefer to hang out with the wrong crowd, do the wrong things, and end up as a dope statistic.
And, if these are not enough crises, we find husbands being coached by other men who tell them that the day when one man was committed to one wife for a lifetime is over because this is a different day! Crises are facing church-going, bible-toting, spirit-filled, hand-clapping, foot-stomping, hand-lifting, praise-singing, prayer-focused, God-centered Christians! Even though life is rough, "HOLD ON, ANYHOW!"
So what does this say to us, today? We are not in battle! We are not at war! Still, we face storms and crises and challenges in our lives that seem impossible. I came by this church, this morning, to say to you, HOLD ON ANYHOW!
When life presents you with a problem and you cannot find a solution, HOLD ON ANYHOW!
Some of you are discouraged. No, you are not faced by the
Assyrian army, but your finances are funny; your bills are piled up; your
creditors are knocking on your door—HOLD ON ANYHOW!