Wednesday, July 20, 2016
The tragic and senseless events of the last two weeks have been especially difficult for all Americans and has given us the stark reminder that not all is well in our country. At times, it seems to me that our nation is more divided than ever. We are living in times when just a small difference of opinion becomes a big deal to many. This leads to name calling, even hate, the present presidential race being a perfect example of it. Just reading a few of the reader’s comments about it and about other political issues should convince you of the fact.
Like you, I have been uneasy about the current situation in our country. That is why I was encouraged earlier today when I visited one of my favorite websites and read their verses for the day. They chose Philippians 4:6-7 which reads: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Can you see it? God is telling us not to worry more than we have to even though we are living in volatile times. This, like any other situation we may encounter, can be brought up to God in prayer and, because He is faithful, what follows will be a peace in our hearts and minds that many around us will not understand. Some may even think we are apathetic. Of course, that is not the case. It will just be that we have been given a generous dose of peace and grace from our Heavenly Father. Isn’t it good to know that God is in control no matter what things may appear to be? I hope this thought encourages your heart as it did me.
Memory verse for the week: (Mark 12:30) “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.”