April 27, 2020
Trust God in Trying Times    

by Bill Masters

“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time on and forevermore."
Psalm 125:1-2
I have read a good many daily devotionals though probably not as faithfully as many of you, I am sure. I never considered trying to write one until Ollie asked me. Maybe he thought (and hoped) that age would impart some wisdom.

I had a high school teacher, principal and coach (they wore many hats in my day) whom I had great respect for, especially as I grew older. He would tell us "now boys, I'm going to tell you something and you can take it for what it is worth". He never told us what to do or not to do. I am now sharing some thoughts that I would like for you to consider in that same vein. 

We are experiencing difficult times, both personally and worldwide. This is not the first time and it won't be the last. In 1777, Thomas Paine said "These are the times that try men's souls.”

In reading my daily devotional, I have noticed some themes or ideas that are recurring and I expect that you have also.  Without counting, I would guess that the one word that is expressed the most is trust. To me and maybe to you as well, trust in God is not so difficult when things are going well in our lives. However, when the rubber hits the road, complete trust (100%) becomes much more difficult. I, and I would guess many of you, tend to worry while our good sense and faith tell us that worry is counterproductive and shows lack of trust.

For myself, I see trust as an asymptotic curve. That is a curve that approaches the base line of 100% trust but never quite gets there. I hope that for many of you the line is not asymptotic and does reach the base line of 100%. I think I'm gaining on it and with God's help can one day get there.

Some other themes (ideas) I see recurring many times. My number two would be thanksgiving (also not so easy during hard times), taking one day at a time, being constantly aware of God's presence at all times. The idea of turning over loved ones completely to God's care has been helpful to me and I expect to you also. Finally, God's peace is mentioned time and again and that peace seems to come as a result of all those themes mentioned and I'm sure many others that you might add.

Stay safe and let us all trust that this too shall pass...
Dear God, help me trust in you, be thankful for your many gifts and find peace in your abiding love and care. Amen.
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