Psalm 34:19 (KJV)
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
“We are living in troubling times”. That particular statement seems to be the general consensus of many people as we enter the first quarter of 2017. There seems to be a sense of “all is not well”, a general uneasiness brewing just beneath the surface of “life as usual”.
I recently found myself succumbing to this false sense of doom and gloom, but then, as I began to listen in the quietness of the spirt rather than the thunderous sounds in the natural; I once again settled into that peace spoken of in Paul’s letter to Philippians 4:7 (KJV) the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. That is the peace that reminded me not only who I am but whose I am; the peace Jesus made manifest for those that trust in him, spoken to his disciples in the book John 14:27 (KJV) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Yes, it is that peace that keeps my heart and mind through Christ Jesus. It is that very same peace that comforts me and keeps me in times of trouble and despair. We have not been left without comfort.
I was reminded of the afflictions of the children of Israel as they made their way to the Promised Land. There were times of drought, famine, disobedience and forgiveness; from the Egyptian Exodus to some 40 years in the wilderness; from Canaan to Babylonian Captivity. Many are the afflictions.
Our experiences have not been so different from those encountered in Biblical accounts of God’s chosen people. There have been ups and downs, good times and bad. The have been times of feasting and times of famine. But one thing remains constant; God is the constant that honors his word, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.”
No matter the turbulent times or the uncertain future, in the scriptural words of the wise ruler Solomon, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
Our troubles are not new or unique. God has delivered and protected those that trust in him, from creation until the present day. He will continue to keep, “him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Be encouraged as you continue to, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
Our prayer: Father helps us to focus on you. You ARE the way, the truth, and the life. It is your truth O God that we seek. It is you that we trust. The things of this world are temporary but in Christ Jesus, there is eternal life. Help us to continue in YOUR truth as we walk in YOUR peace.