We are living in days when it is difficult to find good news. It seems that all the headlines from the media are negative. The Middle East is on fire, the government is corrupt, and Islamic terrorists are wreaking havoc on the world. Even the weather has been contrary recently in numerous places. This is especially true in West Virginia where flooding has devastated some counties. When we look all around us, it is easy to become depressed. In situations like this, focusing on our circumstances may be an unproductive choice to make. When you find yourself in despair over what is going on around you, it is time to look up.
David practiced this concept in Psalm 68:19: “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.” Even when things were horrible, David kept his eyes on the Lord. Magnifying God in your life will make your problems seem smaller. It is then you realize that nothing is too hard for him. His mercies are new every morning and his compassion will not fail. He puts food on the table and provides all our needs. Jesus is the Great Physician and the Savior who can wash away our sins. A little talk with him can still make everything all right. Even in dark times, God still loads his children up with benefits. The life of a Christian may not be perfect or trouble free, but each day abounds with blessings from above.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand the Lord’s plan in adversity. The scripture did warn us that there would be tribulation and stormy days. In fact, it records that in the last days there would be perilous times. The gospels predicted this would include times of war, intense natural disasters, and increased hardships on the earth. It also records that when you witness all these things, look up for your redemption draweth nigh (Luke21:28). The outcome may appear grim; however this could be the best days for the Church. It could be that Jesus is getting ready to rapture the Church and we will finally see his kingdom. It pays to be ready and have our sins washed by Christ’s blood. His promise still stands, that he will return and reign in victory.
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected])