Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Trying Times

American Revolutionary patriot and political theorist Thomas Paine wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls." And indeed they were turbulent times! Change was in the air and change always brings dissension . . .  dissension that tries men's souls.

How are things so different today? Change is in the air and we question whether the changes under consideration will help or harm our nation. At the same time, we wonder about rampant sin being committed in the name of freedom of choice. These are the times that try men's souls.

How were things so different in Bible times? Lot's righteous soul was vexed by the evil choices people were making all around him. That was just before God passed judgment on the land.

The lesson for us is this: God knows what's going on all around us and, at the appointed time, He will "rescue godly men from trials and hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment" (2 Peter 2:9). Like Lot, our job is to set our eyes on the Lord, do what He says, and not look back.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight."
~Proverbs 3:5-6

Do you need peace in your soul? Then remember to let God be God in your life. Trust Him.

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