Pastors' Weekly Message: From Pastor Pat

 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. (Exodus 1:12 NKJV)

In this opening chapter of Exodus we see the transformation of God’s people from welcome neighbors to feared as potential threats. Pharaoh's paranoid tendencies invite an onslaught of oppression upon people who are simply minding their own business. Yet despite Pharaoh’s best efforts God’s people, as my grandchildren would say, have “bounce back, that's fiyah!” 

In other words, they have a resilience that cannot be denied. Against the most formidable odds, they keep getting up. And not only do they get up, they get up with a renewed spirit that cannot be defeated.

In this stage of life’s game, given all that this year has imposed upon us, your bounce back may seem to be anything but fiyah! Your get-up-and-go may have gotten up and gone. 

But the fact that you are alive to read this message is a living witness to the indestructible faith you have in God. The year is not even over and every day God gives us living proof that you have already survived 100% of your worst days. 

The story of Exodus is truly about a community of people who have endured the unimaginable being invited into the unfamiliar. It is the story of people who have every reason to give up, but instead keep going. It is the indisputable account of what God can and will do, if we just trust God in the midst of all. 

So as you go about this day remember we know a God who guarantees that with God no matter what we face our bounce back is fiyah!

-- Pastor Pat