Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
(John 14:1 (NIV))
It seems like everything in this world is falling apart.
Wars and rumors of wars.
Catastrophic natural disasters of ever-increasing magnitude.
An ever-increasing hatred of anything righteous.
When will it end?
We sit poised at the precipice. We are at a point where the uncertainty of the world is closing in and bringing many people to despair. It is also bringing many people to completely reject God.
It also can bring isolated pockets of great joy into each life if we will simply open our hearts to what God is doing.
As believers, we have a choice to make. We can choose to let the troubles of this world get to us, or we can turn to Jesus and fully embrace the joy and the salvation that He has freely given to us. Through this salvation, we can also fully embrace the hope that things will be better.
It is my prayer for you and your family and friends that you will fully embrace the grace, mercy and joy that God has given to us through the gift of His son, Jesus Christ. I truly do not understand how those people who have not placed their faith and hope in Jesus can face each day, for they rely on the errant perception that humanity can make things better.
Let’s face it. Most times we can’t even agree on what we will have for dinner. How do you expect humanity to agree on anything that can make things better? It is human nature to insist that our way is right and everybody else is wrong. We firmly stand our ground because we don’t want to admit that we might be wrong. Many people think that they are not capable of making a mistake. To me, that is the biggest mistake that anyone can make.
When was the last time that you saw any person live their complete life without making any mistakes? Mistakes lead to troubles. Each life will eventually lead to trouble. There has only been one life that never made any mistakes, and through His life, we are given an amazing gift of grace, salvation, joy and hope.
I honestly cannot say how humanity’s troubles in the past compare to those of today. I do know that all throughout history, humanity has only recently come to the point where we are capable of destroying lives at an alarming rate. These and other things that I hope never happen can lead someone to be troubled.
Is your heart troubled? Trust in God and trust in Jesus!
Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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