Our Confident Hope
QUOTE: In the 17th century, Francis Sales wrote, "Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life in fear; rather look to them with full hope that, as they arise, God, whose you are, will deliver you out of them. He is your Keeper. He has kept you hitherto. Hold fast to his dear hand, and he will lead you safely through all things; and, when you cannot stand, He will bear you in his arms. Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. Our Father will either shield you from suffering, or He will give you strength to bear it."1
INTRODUCTION: Chapter 5, of the book of Psalms, is a prayer of David concerning his enemies. In the main body of the chapter, he describes them as "wicked" and "foolish"--they are "deceitful." They are "workers of iniquity." In vs. 8, David seeks wisdom and guidance. He needed to know how to cope with those who sought to bring him harm: "Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight (good) before my face."
Do you know, in much the same way, we are faced with those who seek to do us harm...maybe not directly, as in the case of David, but just as assuredly. We face a similar group--those whose intentions are deceitful and dishonest. They are the same kind of people David refers to in His Psalm. In vs. 9, he said, "For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue."
People today are worried about the prevailing conditions that surround us. Our economy is in a shambles. Our government is on shaky ground. In a recent quote, Vladimir Putin of Russia, said, "I expect America to collapse by next year." I don't know what he knows that we don't know, but one thing is for certain; America cannot continue to go in the direction it is going and survive as a capitalist democracy. Our foundations are being destroyed, and the Bible says, " ...
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