June 2, 2020

I read this morning’s news.  Protests in response to George Floyd’s unnecessary death, 26,000 nursing-home deaths from Covid-19, curfews in Los Angeles and New York, White supremacists posing as Antifa to stoke further violence, people refusing to practice social distancing or wear masks, unemployment numbers rising at a never-before seen pace, an economy in a virtual freefall, and America burning were the reports I read.   It is as if the world has gone insane and we have no control.

Believe it or not, this is nothing new.

The fall of the Roman Empire, the plague of the Middle Ages, the Holocaust, the droughts that have turned parts of Africa into a wasteland, planes flying into the Twin Towers, the Great Depression, Ebola, cancer, and AIDS are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to humanity not being in control.  We never have been.

But we do have control where it matters most.  We choose where we put our hope and trust.

In a world that seems to always be on the edge of chaos and destruction, those that follow Jesus put their hope and trust God.  Nothing else can save us.

This is exactly what the psalmist meant by saying:  “God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble.  That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart, when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea, when its waters roar and rage, when the mountains shake because of its surging waves.” (Psalm 46:1-3)

So in a world that has spun out of control, you can have peace in the midst of the storm if you choose to trust the one who created, redeemed, and sustains you.  It is the only wise choice. 

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, I realize the only thing I can control is who I trust and how I live my life.  I choose to trust you.  I choose to live my life in response to your wonderful love.  Please help me.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

The world is a strange place filled with pain, anger, and fear.  In the midst of all of this, there is a wonderful God who offers peace, hope, a reason for being, and love.  Choose God and one day, you will go to your real home.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins