So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech. 2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 The Message
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore. Psalm 121:7-8 NKJV
The times feel like they are getting worse. I remember the old timers when I was a kid always lamenting how rude the teenagers were, how awful that new rock and roll music was, etc.
Am I just flustered by the lack of respect in the general populace because I’m getting old? Or is something else afoot?
The scripture predicts things will get worse near the end. The love of most will grow cold. The elect will be deceived if that were possible.
I would do well to heed Paul’s advice. Keep your head. Keep on praying. Let God be your rock and fortress as it says in the Psalms.
I’d love to quote chapters and verses here, but I just can’t remember where all God’s great advice is except that if you read your bible every morning for the next year, you will definitely come across tons of wisdom for living out these days. Whether it’s raining or the sun is shining, God’s word always applies. In this, you will find the abundant life. Not in what you get out of life, but how you respond to the hills and valleys.
Thank you God, that you did not leave us orphans, but sent your Holy Spirit to counsel us and your Holy Word to instruct us in the way we should go. I pray that I am completely filled with it before my eyes and ears fail, so that all of you is hidden in my heart. I pray that I am so full that I overflow and get everyone around me saturated with your love. In Jesus Name, I pray.