We gathered for worship and were reminded in our collect that scripture is the way that we get insights into our relationship with God and God’s guidance for us. Our lesson from Judges told the beginning of the story of Deborah leading up to the deliverance of Israel from Jabin and Sisera. Deborah gave counsel that reminded Barak of God’s providence and protection, as long as Barak trusted in God. The psalmist echoed the reminder that our help comes to us when we look to God for help. Paul reminds the Thessalonians that God has already given them the insights they need to be successful and to persevere when they feel beset by the cares of the world and temptation. Our sermon today focused on the story of the talents, not simply as a story of stewardship but a reminder that God equips us for success and doesn’t place us in a situation that we can’t succeed. Sometimes, our failures come from our fear of the unknown and our ability to forget that God has given us talents that work in community with other believers. God’s call is to work with others to overcome your fears and be what God has equipped you to be.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

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