Good Friday morning …

God is the God of things as they are … not as we wish they were!

Does that make sense?

God works in things as they are.

And that’s where faith begins … with things as they are and with a God who is there with things as they are. If faith ignores the facts as they are … it really isn’t faith at all. That’s what I might call wishful thinking.

Authentic faith has a healthy regard for the facts … however difficult or negative those facts might be. And the one supreme fact upon which faith rests is in the God of things as they are.

I am thankful for that because as things as they are today with the coronavirus, with all the uncertainties, with all our frustrations rising to new levels every day, with the future on hold and, for many, their livelihoods on hold as well, with a long-range cure still off in the distance … with all of that and much more, we need a God of things as they are. We need a God who knows what’s going on and what lies ahead and what the future holds. We need a God who is familiar with the facts as they are but also familiar with the impossible.

I recall the story of Abraham. He knew having a son with his wife Sarah was an impossibility. He was a hundred years old and she was past ninety. Besides, she had never been able to get pregnant in all those years. Abraham wasn’t ignoring those facts … but God made the difference. Because with God “all things are possible.”

“Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead … and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” [Romans 4:19-21]

God is the God of things as they are … and he knows where we are and what we need right now in this moment and every moment going forward. I am thankful He is a God of realism, not of fantasy … a practical, down-to-earth God to whom we can call on at any moment.

O Almighty God, shower us with Your power and Your grace … just enough to see us through today and then help us to face tomorrow in confident faith … just like today.

Have a faith-filled Friday …


Service Times

8:30 AM - Traditional Worship Service

9:40 AM - Sunday School & Bible Study Classes for all ages

11:00 AM - Contemporary Worship Service

Holy Communion is celebrated at both services on the first and third Sundays of each month.


Grace Lutheran Church & School

12200 McCormick Road
Jacksonville, FL 32225

(904) 928-9136