This past Sunday I preached my first sermon at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Birmingham, Michigan. The text for the sermon was 1 John 5:9-15, and I as I begin my ministry here I find great comfort in these words of John, “If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son” (1 John 5:9).
There are many confusing ideas in our lives about where to find God. We can chase after momentary blessings and fail to see how God can be present in the wilderness. We can struggle with hopelessness, and struggle to see how God can still bring promise and hope into our days.
This is the testimony of God that will give us hope for these days, “God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” (1 John 5:11). In any moment I live and serve in this congregation I want to be able to see this moment through the promise of being in Christ. Jesus Christ remains our comfort and salvation through the wilderness and hopeless moments. So come what may, I will live with this hope and joy.