Pastor's Column -- Being Thankful in Difficult Times
How can we be thankful during difficult times? When our world is falling apart? When we have more questions than answers? When bad things happen to good people? When evil seems to be gaining ground? When the last penny is spent and retirement is decades away? When your retirement savings are gone and you still have many years to live? When your medical coverage has come to an end and you've found no relief? When the doctor says it's terminal. When the phone rings in the middle of the night and the news is much worse than you could ever imagine? When life is hard? When there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel, where do we turn? How can we be thankful during difficult times?
The Bible teaches us that we can trust in God. Psalm 46 reminds us that God is our strength and our refuge, our place of security and safety. Everything else will fall away at one time or another. Health, Wealth, Job Security, family and friends. But not God. All else may forsake but God will not. All else may collapse but God won't. No one knows what tomorrow will bring. In life there is only one who is constant, who is firm, who is secure. Our God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. His promises can be ours today! How can we be thankful in difficult times? Only we can recognize that God is our only source of strength and refuge, our only security in this life and the one to come.
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble, at all times and in all situations. So we have no need to fear, for he is with us, even if earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Even when the nations are in an uproar, and kingdoms crumble. Our God, the Almighty One is here among us. The God of Israel is our fortress. And because of His constant presence we can all be truly thankful today.
Psalm 46:1-7 reminds us that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Is He yours today? I pray that He is! May God bless you now and forever.
Pastor Wellington J. Gorham Jr.
Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church