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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

TROUBLED TIMES REQUIRE TRUST

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.”  John 14:1  NLT
     While this verse leads into Jesus speaking of his return and our place with him in heaven, I wanted to tap into the first verse as a stand-alone statement.  We live in troubling times.  The economy is down, prices are up, wages are down and jobs are few and far between.  Terrorist attacks create apprehension in the world and our natural inclination is to become deeply troubled. Christians are faced with an important choice.  Will we trust God when things become their worst or will we not?  To trust him only when things are going our way is a spiritually immature way to view life.  The growth process that takes place in a believer can be stunted if we give in to fear and panic regarding life events that inflict their instability upon us.  Understanding that things that take place in life are either caused or allowed by a holy, righteous and almighty God should enable us to shove fear aside and maintain a calm spirit. 
     Believers all have times when troubling events grab them by the throat.  We’re human, not divine; therefore we must learn to lean on the Lord during such times as these.  We must strap ourselves to the mast of life and ride out the troubling circumstances.  We may become battered and bruised, but we will benefit from these events and come out stronger than when they first started. 
     Trust is akin to hope, in that when we trust we are placing our hope in that person or thing.  In the case of the Christian, our trust and hope is in He who created us.  The Lord alone is the only one who truly knows what we need and how to effectively meet those needs.  Becoming troubled or even depressed by our circumstances leads us down a road where trust fades and hope seems unreachable.  Place your full faith and trust in God, shedding your cares like a winter coat on a summer day and look to the Lord to lighten your burdens.  He is the only one who can.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

NOTE:  Translation used is the New Living Translation, published by Tyndale House Publishers.

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