Who Are You Going to Trust in Times Like These?

Posted: March 11, 2020 in Pastoral Ministry, Public Affairs
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Let me put it out there straight. It’s okay to wash your hands, not to shake hands, and use similar precautions as you would to avoid contracting the flu. However, it’s not okay to walk in fear. Fear is sin. Fear is not trusting in God’s provision.pic-handshake-web_1024xx1200-675-0-63

“You [God] will keep the mind that is dependent on you in perfect peace, for it is trusting in you. Trust in the LORD forever, because in the LORD, the LORD himself, is an everlasting rock!” (Isaiah 26:3-4, CSB).

Perfect peace is God’s gift to the person whose mind or thoughts are fixed on Him. We live in a time when Satan has had his way in stirring up trouble. His evil plan has always been focused on getting attention away from God. Yet God wants nothing more than for us to put our trust in Him. When we keep our lives dependent upon the Lord, He promises the wonderful blessing of “perfect peace” The word “peace” (shalom) means to be in harmony with God, experiencing peace with God and the peace of God. It means to be in such harmony with God that we are assured of having all needs met. Peace gives us the assurance of health, wholeness, the absence of conflict and strife within and without our souls. The peace God gives is the security of knowing that no hardship, accident, or disease could separate us from Him.

When Isaiah wrote the words contained in Isaiah 26, Israel faced great turmoil It was hardly the best of times, yet the prophet clearly experienced what so many today long for — the perfect peace of God, peace of heart and soul.

One of the great works of God on our behalf is to provide a solid foundation for life. As our solid Rock, the Lord provides stability, security, support, and defense against all the stormy trials and temptations of life.

I don’t know what lies ahead, but I’m certain the news people will continue make sure we hear that bad stuff. Let me offer you this advice for the week and the weeks ahead. Turn off the TV and radio news shows. Quit looking so much at social media to see what bad things are being reported about the coronavirus and the economy and so on. Open up your Bible and listen to the Lord speak to you.

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I was saved from my enemies” (Psalm 18:2-3, CSB). 

Comments
  1. Francois Payen says:

    Thank you, Pastor Ken!

  2. Johnny says:

    Amen

    Every Child, Every Parish, Every Day

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  3. Lonnie Wascom says:

    Spot on, as always!

  4. Chivous Bradley says:

    I want to express appreciation to you for writing the Bible Studies commentary we are using March 1- April 5, 2020-
    Holy Vocabulary: Unpacking the Language of Faith. They are a great blessing. If you have an opportunity to edit for future use, I hope you will reconsider a word you used in the commentary on Romans 3:24. Most people consider things being “spilled” by accident. I believe it would be more appropriate to say “Jesus Christ… ‘freely shed’ His blood for the ransom price.”

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