By Andy Engdahl
These are indeed challenging times. Families, communities, businesses, political systems, governments, nations, and even nature are under tremendous stress. We seem to be tearing each other apart. Who do you trust? We all say we trust in God but do you really? Do you trust your money to the bank, your retirement to your IRA manager, your success in life to your career, your contentment to what you own, your happiness on the affirmation of other people? They may have their place but can you really trust them? Who do you turn to for answers: our political leaders and news commentators?
To trust someone, you really need to know them. How well do you KNOW Jesus? It is only through a deep personal experience with Him that we can truly know Him and believe in Him. Through Bible study, prayer and seeing Him at work in the lives of those committed to Him, I can discover who He is. Ultimately, it is when I surrender my life to Him, and the Holy Spirit lives in me that I truly get to know Him. Now I know in whom I can trust completely with everything in my life. He has shown me in the past and He is showing me every day that He is trustworthy.
He has promised to never leave me or forsake me (Deut 31:6). There is nothing in the universe that can separate me from His love (Rom. 8:38, 39). He is the resurrection and the life (John 11:25). He has promised us a New Earth where all things will be made new (Rev 21, 22). I am completely confident of this.
Now, if friends ask me if I am worried about this or that, I can honestly say no. I am at peace. I know how this story ends. Jesus is in control and He loves me enough to die and live for me.
So “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Prov. 3:5, 6