Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

Do not be anxious about anything. Phil 4:6


What a command! Let's practise it this week.


Like the Jews, write this law on your forehead and on your doorposts and practise it throughout the day. Refuse to let anxiety touch your mind or spirit. Why? Not because we bury our head in the sand or ignore our problems and hope they go away but because we choose to face our difficulties with the calmness and strength of Christ knowing that He will provide a way out where there is no way.


We are not called into a fairy tale world of pretend glory and happiness but into the reality of the presence of God. It is our inheritance to get to know the One who cares and fully understands  the smallest details of our lives.


To ignore problems is only foolish, they won't go away on their own, although they may appear to do so for a while. Face up to the difficulties in life, but without anxiety, that gnawing worry that gets into your mind and prevents you from being relaxed and happy.


So today, do not be anxious about ANYTHING! It doesn't matter what it is, how great or small. Trust our great God who is able to undertake for each one of us and sort out every difficulty and problem we meet. Leave all in His hands, knowing that no matter the situation He is able.

Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 'I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.' Phil 4: 11

Herein lies the secret to happiness; learning to be content no matter the circumstances in life.

Content means peaceful happiness. It's good for our wellbeing, for our physical and mental health to be content.

Content because we have handed our lives over to God so whatever happens must be for a reason. Content because He can bring something good out of anything bad. Content because we trust Him with our whole lives but also with each minute of it too. Content because we are learning to rest in Christ our Saviour knowing that the changing power belongs to Him.

Learn to be content in the smallest of difficulties so that when big problems come along, you continue to rest in the knowledge that Christ is in control and you can maintain that peaceful happiness.

Content with our home, our family, even the crying baby, our job, our health, our finances, our church, our spiritual life and the list of jobs we have to do today. Content with the small things in life: the roadworks, the frosty mornings when you have to scrape your car, when you sleep in and have to rush to work.

Make choices today. When someone irritates you at work - be content. When someone cuts in front of you when you're driving - be content. By choosing peaceful happiness instead of annoyance, irritation or stress we will learn to abide in His presence. It will force our minds to turn back to Him again and again throughout the day and we will find ourself in a better place spiritually by the end of it.

We don't find this happens for us overnight. Paul said he had learned to be content.  We have to practice it. It's called practising the presence of God. Try it! You'll find a new level of strength in your spirit as you learn to rest content whatever the circumstances.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:25

Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 'If there be therefore ...  any comfort of love?'

Phil 2:1


Last week my thought was on encouragement, this week, it's on comfort.


Comfort means 'ease from physical pain' or 'the alleviation of a person's feelings of grief or distress.'


The comfort of God is profoundly perfect. It comes to us at just the right moment of time; He speaks the most perfect words into our soul with just the right intonation in His voice. It relieves our distress immediately.


On the other hand, human comfort is not quite so perfect. First of all, it's sporadic and is dependant on the feelings and sympathies of the person giving it! Secondly, people don't always understand how we feel or why we feel that way and the comforting words they offer are sometimes inaccurate. Thirdly, human comfort can have a weakening effect on us. We begin to feel sorry for ourselves because others think we are having a hard time and we agree with them!


It's always nice to have people's sympathies rather than their criticisms but when you have experienced the comfort of God there is nothing quite like it.


There is a verse in Song of Solomon 5:13:

'His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers; his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.'


This suggests something of the beauty of the words of Christ. Words, perfect words, that drop into our soul. Words that calm the storm within our soul, that bring quiet to our anxious thoughts or comfort in our distress.  These words are sweet smelling; like the scent of flowers on a summer evening they are just right. Not an overwhelming perfume that leaves you feeling giddy but a gentle fragrance that has the scent of heaven in it.


He is the Word of God; therefore His words are perfect, like sweet flowers.


Are you in need of comfort? Do you look for it and find you are disappointed because others just don't quite understand. Turn to that One who is the fairest amongst ten thousand and He will not disappoint in any way. He will speak comforting words into your soul that you will never forget for the rest of your days. They will have a profound affect on you because His love is outstanding. He knows better than any other your thoughts and feelings exactly. His words will bring comfort and delight to the very centre of your being. They will drop right into the aching part within you and ease all your distress.


'In the multitude of my thoughts within me, Thy comforts delight my soul.'

Psalm 94:19

Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ?'

Philippians 2:1


The answer to this question is yes, Yes, YES! All the encouragement we shall ever need is in Him.


Then why do Christians become despondent or discouraged? Why does the minister have a long queue of problems on a Sunday or endless phone calls from people needing help?

It's because we don't turn to Christ when we should. In Him is all the fullness of the Godhead; abundant life; peace that passes understanding and courage to face the most horrendous of situations. In fact, in Christ is every answer that is ever required for the human heart. He is perfect in His ability to help us. He understands you better than anyone else ever will, no matter how often you try to explain how you feel.


Turn to Him today and find your shadows flee in His light. He will lighten your path and comfort you in the midst of your storm. Then it doesn't matter how difficult things are, you will find encouragement.


To be encouraged means to receive confidence, support and hope. Isn't that what we all need? Confidence to face every problem with a quiet calm. Support, knowing that someone is beside you the entire time and you never stand alone. Hope, knowing He can make a way where there is no way.


Be encouraged today because He is with you! Let your head be lifted up and let Christ be your glory.

Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'He hath made us accepted in His Beloved.'

Ephesians 1:6


Christ is the most beloved of the Father. There is no one who is loved more than Christ. He is far beyond any in integrity, purity, honesty and power. To know Christ is better than knowing any famous person or even royalty, for He is King of Kings.


The mystery that we are accepted in this One is almost too big for our tiny minds to contend with. Not only does He welcome us into His presence but He cares for us and wraps His arms round us in protection. He so envelopes us in Himself that we are secure, safe and yes accepted into Him.


You know what it's like when a friend comes to visit you in your home. If they are a very close friend then you accept them. You won't stand on ceremony because they are just part of the family. So it is with us in Christ. He won't hold us at a distance and treat us like a visitor. We are part of the family; accepted and belonging to Him.


As you go through your week amidst the business, stress, confusions, bewilderment or even relaxation, remember you are accepted and loved in the Well Beloved. A lovely thought that will hold us close to Him all week.

Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'But the Lord is my defense, and my God is the rock of my refuge.' Psalm 94:22


There are times when things go wrong. There can be a misunderstanding or we feel crushed by circumstances. Each one goes through a range of emotions during such a time from hurt, to fear, losing confidence or even anger. The Psalmist speaks of this:


'In the multitude of my thoughts within me...' (v19)


There is often a jumble of thoughts and reactions a bit like our weather system; sometimes pouring and next minute sunny! This verse from the Psalms can be very helpful at such a time.


Firstly, He is our defence. We don't need to justify or explain ourselves to anyone. We don't need to even justify it to ourselves or mull it over in anger. The situation has happened. You have been judged rightly or wrongly. Words  have been said or action taken that cannot be changed no matter how you feel. But God is our defence. Come and sit behind His wall. It's a place of safety from everyone and everything. There is no need for words to justify or explain, there is no need for the hot indignation that you feel. He is, He understands. He knew it would happen before it did. Even though:


'The archers have sorely grieved him (you), and shot at him (you), and hated him (you).' Genesis 49:23


It doesn't matter. There is now a solid wall of protection. He is our defence.


Secondly, He is our rock. All these turbulent feelings inside are soothed when we rest on Him. Learn to leave the troubling thoughts, feelings and circumstances on the Rock. It's strong enough! You'll feel the benefit of just resting your whole weight on Him and letting Him carry you through the difficulties. They might not change but you will find rest from it all. Like Joseph, despite difficulties you will find your way through. Trust your God He is bigger than the biggest problem.


'But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob, from thence is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel, The blessings of thy father have prevailed ...  they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.'  Genesis 49:24,26

Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

“The king should know that we went to the construction site of the Temple of the great God in the province of Judah. It is being rebuilt with specially prepared stones, and timber is being laid in its walls. The work is going forward with great energy and success." Ezra 5:8-11

The Temple of the great God is being rebuilt with specially prepared stones. That's you and me! We are like stones that shall be perfect; perfect quality, perfect size, perfect structure and will fit together in perfect unity.

"And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple." 1 Peter 2:5

What a privilege to be part of His great construction work. All over the world the Holy Spirit is constructing the temple of God - the church. He is making her ready. What the Spirit of God is doing in your heart He is doing right now in someone's heart at the opposite end of the world. We are privileged to be part of His great plan.

There were those in Ezra's day who tried to prevent the building of the Temple and today there are those who will try to do the same. They will try and bring about the downfall, create imperfections, leave scars so that God's Temple isn't perfect and strong.

But we have One who watches over us who will ensure the work goes on. Nothing will prevent the building of the church - not persecution or slander. It will steadily grow until all over the world billions of Christians are ready and waiting for the coming of Christ.

When you become discouraged, disillusioned or despondent with your spiritual life look at the bigger picture. When you have no more strength to go on carrying your burdens others will! When you run out of energy others will rise to fill in the gaps. We are to be perfectly set together. All over the world this construction work is going on and you have to be found faithful in your small part until we rise as a mighty host to give glory to our God.

On that day we shall be glad we have been faithful when we see Him face to face.

Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 'The threshing floors will again be piled high with grain, and the presses will overflow with new wine and olive oil.' Joel 2:24

There are summer seasons of blessing in the Christian experience and winter seasons of barrenness and even blight. Whatever the season for you just now, the promises of God remain intact. He doesn't make false promises and His word never lies! So whether things are frugal or overflowing in abundance for you, stand on the promises of God that will one day be fulfilled.

This verse was a promise I recently received and wasn't fulfilled in the way I expected. However, I've been on the Christian road a long  time and I know when my Lord speaks. He will fulfil His word, possibly in a way I least expect, but it will happen.

Dont we long to see the threshing floor (the church) piled high with grain (souls)? Don't we long for the abundance of a plentiful harvest?

May God grant that we will keep watching, waiting and praying for the rich blessing of His hand and a plentiful harvest once again.

Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 'Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.'  1 Corinthians 13:7

The kernel of our faith is tied up in this verse and applies to everyone of us who chooses to follow Christ.

'Love never gives up' - we will never throw in the towel. We will never turn round and say 'stuff it!' We must always press on!

'Never lose faith' - never stop believing no matter how difficult the circumstances or trying the situation. We will always choose to believe that somehow God will bring something good out of our situation.

'Always hopeful' - always hoping that our circumstances will improve that they won't be like this forever. Always keeping our eye on the light at the end of the tunnel even when there appears to be no light. Trusting God is in our present situation and knows exactly what's happening.

'Endures through every circumstance.' I think this is the best of all. We have no excuse to fall away or blame another for our bad choices because we are meant to be able to endure through every situation. Endure means to suffer patiently. It's what the early disciples did right up to their last breath. It's what we are called to do.

Therefore pressing on, trusting, believing hoping and enduring needs to become the motto of our lives.

Let us go forward into a new week determined to live and breathe such.  With every step you take and every breath go on trusting hoping believing and enduring.

'“But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold."' Job 23:10

Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 'When you hear the blast of the trumpet, rush to wherever it is sounding. Then our God will fight for us!'  Nehemiah 4:20

There are times when the Lord sounds a 'trumpet' in our hearts. Sometimes it's a warning note and other times it can be like an announcement. Whatever the reason for the sound of the trumpet it's to draw our attention and to make us stop what we are doing and listen.

My attention was drawn to this verse by the preacher on Sunday morning. It came in a very positive way to me; a sense of the move of God in a particular locality in which I am involved. I was much encouraged and plan to follow my instinct and get involved in this work. I love when there is the stirring of God. It can be described in different ways, for example in 1 Chronicles 14:15 we read:

'When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, go out and attack! That will be the signal that God is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.'

Again the alarm is being sounded, God is making an announcement and the people of God have to be ready.

How sad in our day that so many Christians walk around with deaf ears. They aren't switched on enough to hear the sound of the trumpet or the marching of feet. They are so self absorbed that the move of God is of little interest to them. That's why God calls His servants to announce the going of God.

Isaiah 21:6: 'Meanwhile, the Lord said to me, “Put a watchman on the city wall. Let him shout out what he sees."'

This morning I'm shouting to you. I've heard the sound of the going of God. He's on the move and I'm calling to Christians everywhere to wake up and pay attention. Listen for the sound of that trumpet and let's be about our Father's business.

Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'But because their God was watching over them...' Ezra 5:5

A warming thought: our God is watching over us. It makes us feel safe and secure to know there is One greater and wiser who watches over us all of the time.

This verse comes in the middle of the book of Ezra at a time when the temple was being restored. It depicts what God wants to do in our own lives: to rebuild and restore them, a work the enemy of souls isn't very happy about! There were those who weren't too happy in Ezra's day either:

“Who gave you permission to rebuild this Temple and restore this structure?” Ezra 5:3

The enemy of souls isn't too happy when individuals begin to be rebuilt and restored to what Adam first had with God. He hates to see us living in harmony with our great Creator and will do his utmost to destroy our confidence in our God. Through the work of the Holy Spirit our lives are rebuilt. He teaches us concerning the things of Christ and we become a work under construction. We read in Ezra 5:8:

'The work is going forward with great energy and success.'

Does this describe your growth in your spiritual life? Are you being reconstructed with great energy and success? It takes time to rebuild something and it also takes great energy. If we want to be strong Christians then we need to endeavour to listen, obey and change. Once we are well on the road to being rebuilt and restored then we are able to help others who are seeking the same help. There comes a confidence because like those in Ezra's day we know:

'We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and we are rebuilding the Temple.' Ezra 5:11

Let's get on with the job at hand! Today, and every day, live life carefully, embracing every opportunity to listen to instruction and change your life. You will then be like that temple of long ago. You will be rebuilt in Christ and live to serve Him.

Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'The Lord took hold of me.' Ezekiel 37:1


There are times in our lives when the Lord takes hold of us. It's as if He grips our spiritual being so we are not free to be ourselves but belong to Him and under His command in a particular way.


It's a fearful and wonderful place to be in, when we're held by His power, that's when we see things happen! His anointing is strongly on us and others are affected.


'Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley.' Ezekiel 37:7


Ezekiel was in that place: gripped by God. He saw the move of God's power right across the valley. It happened without any human effort or strain, just a few words from his lips and WOW, a great rattling of bones coming together and the miraculous happening before his eyes!


Don't you long to be gripped by God in this way? Don't you long that with little human effort you shall see the Lord move powerfully through your life and the miraculous happening before you?

What is the answer? How does it happen?


Ezekiel was an exile in Babylon. His situation wasn't great but it didn't affect his relationship with God. Despite the fact he had been deported along with thousands of others he held on to his faith and suddenly, in the midst of great difficulties, God was there and laid hold of him.


It's the secret to spiritual success, that no matter our circumstances in life, we keep our eyes on Christ, our hearts open to the Spirit of God. Perchance He will lay hold of us.


We can't make it happen. We can't make God do anything but we can be willing, open, obedient and faithful. The rest is His to do and ours to receive.

Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.' 1 Corinthians 4:20


It's not a bunch of old wives tales you know! It's the changing power of the Living God. Christianity is based on the words of Jesus Christ.


Jesus said, 'Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.' Mark 13:31


It's not just a lot of talk!


How many words do you know from famous world leaders: Napoleon, Churchill, Hitler to name a few?  Not very many I'm sure, perhaps the odd quote here or there.


Yet the words of Christ have been passed down the generations, read by billions of people every day, meditated on, quoted, used in prayer, in songs, read in churches, used on the internet, TV and radio all over the world. They are the subject of politicians today. Even this week I read of a petition wanting to change the words of Christ to make them  more acceptable for certain groups in our liberal society.


Yet, it's not just a lot of words! The words of Jesus are only words after all but it's the effect and power of His words.


All over the world today there are to date 2.2 billion people who follow the words of Jesus and are discovering not only the truth of what He said but the living power behind the words. 2.2 billion people claiming that Christ has changed their lives!


Think on this fact! A man who lived over 2000 years ago, who taught for only 3 years,  who never wrote a book, who never had a microphone to draw big crowds, who never used a national flag for His banner, who never led an army or fought a battle but who died a criminal's death by crucifixion has had a bigger impact on this world by His words than any other individual who has ever lived.


He has affected more people than anyone else in any given time. It can't just be a lot of words! It must be real!


This week, take time to read His words, to follow what He has said and to live out the reality of this faith. Then you will discover it's not just a lot of talk but the power of the Living God to change even you.

Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 'Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.' Zechariah 4:10


I remember someone giving me this verse at the beginning of the Cumbernauld Church work whilst slipping £100 into my hands. She quoted 'mighty oaks grow from small acorns.'


I believed her but more importantly I believed God! I believed He would do it, He would bring souls into our small house group and cause them to belong to our church family.


Like David, I can truly say:

“The Lord did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” 2 Samuel 5:20


It's wonderful to acknowledge when God has done something. A bit like last week's story with the ten lepers. He has taken a small house group and turned it into a church in full operation. The Lord has done it!


We have another small beginning as we have just bought a building  in Newmains. This time we feel an excitement. We have seen God bursting through in His mighty power already and establishing a church and here we are again. We wait to see what He will do.


Have you a small beginning somewhere? Maybe you have a new career that you want to follow; a youth work you run or a small house group.


He won't despise your small beginnings even though others might look on and laugh. He won't despise your hopes and plans.  Let your hope be in Him. Confide in Him, tell Him your dreams and hopes, and wait to see what your Father will do as you faithfully endeavour to plant your small acorn.

Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 'And one of them when he saw that he was healed, turned back and with a loud voice glorified God.' Luke 17:15

Many of us have just returned from several weeks of attending a church conference with around 500 people in attendance. We were blessed by wonderful congregational singing, interesting sermons from a variety of preachers, rich times of ministry and worship and best of all a wonderful overshadowing of the presence of God.

We prayed hard for these conferences, like the lepers in the story:

'And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”' (V13).

Let us make sure we come back to say thank you for all His answers to our prayers.

I think, this is one of the few stories in the Bible where our Lord is disappointed. He was so surprised and let down by the nine who didn't return to say thank you.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, remember to say thank you to our Lord Jesus Christ. No matter how small the issue is or how great your problem has been remember He deserves a thank you. Let us come with loud voices and glorify our God for His goodness to us. In our case 500 people should be coming to say thank you! Perhaps you aren't associated with our fellowship; perhaps you stand alone in service to God or are part of a different group? Whoever you are and wherever you are, come today and give thanks to God and to His Christ for all that He has done.

'And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many... saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength, and honor and glory and blessing!”'  Revelation 5:11-12

Thought for the week by Rev Kenny Borthwick

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It has been a wonderful privilege to preach at Struthers Cumbernauld Church since I had to retire from full time ministry with the Church of Scotland due to health problems. It may interest you to know that from a preacher’s point of view, there are churches that are difficult to preach in and churches that are easy to preach in.  Struthers, in all its branches I am sure, most definitely falls into the latter category.

What makes the difference? Well, in the Old Testament we are told in various places to “wait” for the Lord. One of the words used in the Psalms for waiting actually means “to set an ambush.” The picture being suggested to us, is of trying to attract an animal that we intend to capture. What do you do to ensure that? You either create conditions or seek and search for the conditions that are likely to attract the animal you are seeking and wait there patiently and quietly and with alertness to the slightest sound or sight of the animal you seek approaching. At such a moment, you become extra careful to make sure you do nothing to scare the animal away.

It is a mystery beyond human words or logic, that although God’s presence is by definition everywhere, there are times and places where His Spirit falls, comes down, in a particular way and in unusual measure. God is sovereign, free to do whatever He wants at any time and need give no explanation for granting or withholding His favour, but at the same time in His Word, the Bible, He has made it clear that there are certain scents that attract His attention and draw forth His intended blessing.

I have a few ideas as to what it is about Struthers that attracts God’s attention in a manifest way, but I am too much a new comer, after a long absence, to venture what I think these things are!

Rather I want to just mention one or two things that Scripture makes clear God notices, for you to think about for yourself as an individual believer.

Do you remember the story of the ten lepers who came to Jesus? As they went on their way after meeting Him, they were all healed, but only one, and in a sense the one who would have been least expected to do so, came back to Jesus and gave thanks. Jesus noted that both positively and negatively. Negatively He noticed that nine were missing and commented upon that fact. Positively He commends the one who returned to give thanks and glory to God. God is forever who He has revealed Himself to be in Jesus Christ. He notices thankfulness which we offer Him for His goodness toward us.

There is something else that He seems to notice and be drawn to. It is almost an extension of “Thanksgiving.” You could perhaps call it  “Extreme Thanksgiving.” What do I mean? I mean living for God and thanking Him when as yet no help from heaven seems to have arrived, praising God at times when an onlooker might reasonably suggest to us we have nothing to thank or praise God for. Praise at such a time merits the label “A sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving”. The promise of the Bible is that when we offer that to God, He sees in that a prepared road along which He may travel toward us to help us, save us and deliver us. Psalm 50 verse 23 puts it like this:

“Whoever offers the sacrifice of thanksgiving glorifies me, and prepares his way so that I will show God's salvation to him.”

So let’s try and wait for God in the place of favourable conditions. Let’s offer Thanksgiving and the Sacrifice of Thanksgiving to Him in every changing season we may live through.

God Bless

Kenny Borthwick

Thought for the week by Diana Rutherford

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 'So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.' Ephesians 1:6

After a very hot and sticky climb yesterday in the Norwegian mountains we were very glad to get to our accommodation for cool showers.

Imagine standing under a shower of glorious grace. We can get very hot and sticky from our spiritual walk and there's always a shower of glorious grace waiting to pour on us if we are willing to come to Him. All we have to do is take time out to receive.

Contained in that shower is 'every spiritual blessing' (v1).

Need I say more? Everything you need is there. Take time this week to stand under the waterfalls of God.

Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

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 'Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime.' John 4:6


It's a comfort to know that our Lord grew weary too. He had just walked a long way in very hot, dusty conditions and he was more than a little tired.

Have you had a long walk in difficult circumstances? Are you also weary? Then find a well where you can sit and rest. We are not meant to keep going until we are absolutely exhausted and can't cope anymore. God will find somewhere for us to rest.

There will be a well just for you.

Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 'I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.' Psalm 62:1

Waiting quietly before God is important and essential . We so often try and take things into our own hands, make things happen, win our battles, change circumstances but the psalmist waits quietly before God.


Why? Because he had recognised that victory comes from the very heart of God. God alone can turn impossible circumstances around. All he had to do was wait quietly for it to happen.


Learn to wait quietly before God. He knows what you need even before you ask. Wait for victory; wait for circumstances to change; wait quietly; wait confidently; wait patiently.


Victory, even now, is on its way to you. So wait on the Lord.

Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

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 'Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.”'

Mark 6:31

Find a quiet place this week and rest awhile.

In the gospel we read;

'He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.'

Find time to stop your comings and goings. Find time to rest and to be quiet. The devil makes us busy, the Lord leads us into rest.

'This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved.' Isaiah 30:15

Resting in God means casting every burden, every care upon Him, learning to let go of all our worries and trusting that He can carry everything for you.