This month marks the 54th year of the ministry of Berea Baptist Church. This is indeed a cause for delighting in the Lord. Psalm 16:6 declares,” The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.” We have much to delight in after 54 years of ministry. Though I have only been here for about four months, I have much in which to delight. I delight in God’s people that He has placed here; “But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight” (Psalm 16:3). My family has already adopted several “grandmothers” for our children. My kids have new teachers and trainers. My wife and I have gained new friends and mentors. Truly 54 years of ministry by the people of Berea has caused us to delight in the people of God.
We delight in God’s providence. A real estate agent or a county agency did not set the lines for us. David says in Psalm 16:5-6, “The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.” God knows where to draw the lines for us. Problems arise when people want to move the lines that God has set in the Scriptures. I am thankful that Berea has maintained the line of biblical accuracy and holiness. We have a beautiful inheritance in our church.
We look forward to delighting in God’s presence as He works in His people. Psalm 16:11 declares, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” God has given us the pleasure of His presence and His blessing. In four months we have seen His blessing poured out. Several families have joined the church and several more have expressed the desire to join. We had a great work day to prepare for the termite fumigation and the Lord worked through one member to provide for the cost of that project. The youth choir has grown and they sounded beautiful as they ministered in song. These and many other blessings have occurred as God works in the hearts of His people. What should we do with the blessings which God has given?
Let us remember to thank God for them. David wrote: “The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad” (Psalm 126:3). When God gives His blessing we should never take the credit. Let us think often of the blessings that God has given. Let us acknowledge that there are places that we can grow individually and as a church. Let us also remember that we are to focus on God’s goodness to us. In Philippians 4:8 we read, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Let us remember the victories that God has given Berea in the past 54 years and then be refreshed often from them. One of the best known of the miracles of Jesus is the feeding of the five thousand. Shortly after that miracle, the disciples found themselves in a severe storm and they were terribly afraid. The Bible says the reason for their lack of faith was that they “considered not the miracle of the loaves” (Mark 6:52). They had forgotten His faithfulness and providence. Let us remember the recent and the past blessings that God has given us as a church. Let these blessings build you into a praising, positive Christian. We delight in God’s people, God’s providence, and God’s presence. Truly we have a good inheritance!