HEARING SCRIPTURE IN THE TIME OF TRIAL

Pastor Mark Anderson

We are hearing from many voices these days. Voices that fill the air, and our ears, with good information, bad information, political spin and just plain nonsense. In our home we watch the news coverage, for better or for worse – mostly for worse.

But this situation is no different even in ‘normal’ times. Our lives are bombarded with words from every corner, words competing for our attention and allegiance. And this is so because, at the end of the day, it is words that we live by. So, where are we to find real, life-giving words that are devoid of abstraction, dissimulation and deceit?

The Bible holds such words. The Christian will find Scripture to be especially helpful in times of suffering, anxiety and trouble. And for those who have difficulty understanding why God allows troubles and suffering to happen, the Scriptures encourage the reader to honestly bring his\her questions, hurts and hopes forward and to view them in the light of Scripture’s promises.

The din of voices that come at us these days stir the pot of anxiety and tend to get us all worked up over the future. But it is foolish to bring the unknown, hypothetical burdens of tomorrow and load them on the back of today. Today has enough to deal with. Our shoulders are not strong enough, anyway. Today is ours. Tomorrow may or may not come. If it does, God will be there.

Reading the Bible serves to remind the Christian that today we stand in the power of God’s promises, like those biblical folks who struggled, as we must, with faith and life. Scripture tunes our ears to hear those promises and reminds us, proclaims to us, that we have a Friend in Jesus who will never forsake one of His own, and whose words of life will always remain steadfast and true as the failing words of the passing world fall into oblivion around us.

May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in

Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Published by Pastor Mark Anderson

Lutheran pastor, husband, dad, archaeology nut, serious blues guitarist and aspiring luthier.

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