"Simpler Times" - Friday, June 23, 2017 - submitted by Dianne Prince
Many of us have been beat up by the problems of life, have been tossed around by life’s storms, have been derailed by life’s unexpected events, and have grown numb to the possibility of hope for things to improve.
As we reflect on days gone by, it appears times were simpler, living expenses were cheaper, good health was plentiful, and people cared about each other. It appears that life was not as hard, children were not as rebellious, and problems were not as complex.
Job said in Job 29:2 "I long for the years gone by when God took care of me." (NLT) The truth of the matter is, God never stopped taking care of Job simply because he was having a bad day. God had not changed. His love for Job had not changed. And, His presence with Job had not changed. In the same way, the same God who was with you in days gone by is the same God who is with you right now. The same God who was with you in simpler times—in good health and when times were care-free—is the same God who is keeping you right now. The same God who took care of your momma and your daddy is the same God who will take care of you, your children, and your grandchildren.
We can not predict what will happen today. And, many of us were surprised at what went on yesterday. We do not know why God does what He does, why He permits what He permits, or how, where, and when our next calamity will come. The one thing we can be certain of is that God is in total control of everything that has ever taken place in the past and He is still in the blessing business. We also can be certain that God is in control of everything that is going on right now and He is blessing you and me right now.
God is blessing us right now because He did not leave us in this mean and cruel world to fend for ourselves. When Jesus ascended into heaven, He left us God’s Holy Spirit to live inside of us and to guide us in all things. Jesus tells us in John 14:18, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
Jesus knew in this unpredictable, up-and-down life, topsy-turvy life, you and I would need parental guidance. He knew we would need guidance beyond human reason, we would need direction that takes into account knowledge we do not have, and He knew we would need help no human being has the resources to give. Thus, He left us His Holy Spirit who is the third person of the triune God. The Holy Spirit has the same power as God, because He is God. Yes, God lives inside of us and He is on stand-by to guide us according to his plan for our lives if only we would trust Him totally.
In addition to providing guidance through His Holy Spirit, God provides us hope through His Word. His hope rings loud and clear through His many promises. As we show Him faith, He delivers on every promise He has ever made to us.
God promised you in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” He promised you in Isaiah 43:2, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. (NLT)
God has always been there for you and He is there for you right now. When you think about the many tight spots God has brought you through, you can not help but shout Hallelujah! Why? You made it to this point in time and you are still here.
In the midst of all that is going on in your life, God’s guiding hand is all you need to be satisfied. He will lead you safely through whatever trying times introduce themselves into your space and He will provide your needs while guiding you through.
You should throw up your hands today and give God a loud Hallelujah praise. Praise Him for His glory, for the magnificence of His power, for His unending presence, and give Him shouts of joy for his goodness.
Hallelujah! Glory and power belong to our God for making complex things simple, for making needed resources available in the midst of scarcity, and for always navigating us through each day with His powerful, guiding hand.