From the Archives: WITH GOD

Former SASRA worker Brian Henagulph encouraged READY readers in 1976 to walk WITH GOD. May his words be a challenge to us even today.

The patterns of life in Great Britain are rapidly changing. Politics, economics, education, social and religious structures, moral standards, civil responsibility: all are in a state of flux.

This era of change also expresses itself in our Armed Forces. Reduced manpower, more sophisticated weapons, more married servicemen. According to one national newspaper, we as a nation now spend as much annually paying the interest on our national debt as we do in defence. Though relatively small our Forces are a highly trained and highly regarded professional body.

We Christians must not miss the particular opportunities which accompany change. Enoch of old pleased God and walked WITH GOD. The walk of faith is pleasing to God (Genesis 5 and Hebrews 11). We must not rush ahead and we dare not drag behind. Someone has prayed, “Lord save us from hot heads, causing us to act unthinkingly, and from cold feet, preventing us from acting at all.”

We need to sit loose on familiar structures, traditions and practices, and with care and prayer to analyse and examine our objectives and methods. This is a healthy but demanding exercise, for it requires courage and flexibility. The apostle Paul urges, “Test everything; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). It is more comfortable to let things go on as they are – and safer!

Change and changer are often the target of criticism and misunderstanding. We too much walk WITH GOD and avoid the proverbial rut. In his book “Break-through” Tom Rees reminds us that, “A rut is a grave with the ends knocked out”!

A flexibility allowance is an important factor in the design of high-rise building. Movement must be tolerated because the inflexible with fracture. Christians are the superstructure of the Church, “built upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20). Here is the only foundation upon which to build. The superstructure (Church) may incorporate a variety of designs, but this foundation is uncompromisingly firm. It requires no underpinning, for Jesus Christ is unchangeably the same Lord.

We in SASRA must be sensitive to the changing patterns and the Spirit’s direction, and be flexible in our operation and outreach. Otherwise we too may fracture. But the day we interfere with the foundation will be the day we end up as worthless rubble.

 

Brian retired from full time work with SASRA after many years of service in August 1992 after serving in a number of roles including Scripture Reader, Area Representative and Exam marker for Scripture Reader Applicants. 

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