By Corinne Storms (February 1, 2021)
These days it is easy to become overwhelmed and to despair. Yet the power and comfort we can find in God’s Word truly brings hope it the tough times. There are many opposing voices ‘out there’ and each person is going through a variety of emotions from day to day. Polarizing opinions and viewpoints about so many things. Challenges that can easily cause me to become overwhelmed unless I turn my focus from the struggles and unto my Heavenly Father.
What a difference a year makes. This time last year we were in church, freely getting together with family and friends, planning vacations and so much more. And “zoom” was a word that defined speed, not a daily means of connection. 2021 is again a year of who knows?! So many uncertainties in our lives, Yet ONE thing is true, God loves me and He IS good in a world that has gone crazy.
I am discovering in a new and sustaining way, that God is the one constant I choose to hold fast to in a rapidly changing society. God promises good (not perfect) for our lives when we put our trust in Him. One of my favorite reminders of this truth is found in Psalm 27:13-14…“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”
It is believed King David wrote this Psalm 27 while going through a difficult time. Looking around at his situation he was discouraged, weighed down, and endured anxiety amidst the uncertainty. Known as a man after God’s heart David knew that the anecdote to trouble was time spent with God. This reminder is true for us today in 2021 too. As we wait on the Lord, be of good courage (in other words Fear Not) God will strengthen our hearts. As we trust God He promises to help us endure the difficult things in our lives.
Today if you are looking for some ‘goodness in the land of the living’ I challenge you to take time – EVERY SINGLE DAY – reading God’s word, and spending time with Him. When we pray, worship and read His Word, things change around us and in us. Why not get to know the God who LOVES you and discover His goodness in this land of the living?
Lord God, today I ask that you would help me to not lose heart. Help me to wait on you and be of good courage, that I may see YOUR goodness today.