A Prayer for Difficult Times

It would be an understatement to say the last two years have been difficult. And when things were getting back to normal, we are faced with a global incident that is impacting our economy. Watching the news is not for the faint of heart. My heart is breaking for the residents in the Ukraine. Mothers and children trying to flee the war, and husbands and fathers staying behind to fight.

Many are asking why this is happening. The answer is simple. God gave us freewill.

When God created mankind, he gave us free-will. Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden, had free-will, and they chose to disobey God, and brought evil and sin into the world.

Every person on earth has the free-will to choose to obey or disobey God. Unfortunately, there are some who are choosing to disobey God, and are unleashing evil and violence. They think they are in control, but they are not. God is still in control.

God is still in control. I don’t mean to try to sugar coat all of the trouble and strife we are seeing in society and in our personal lives. We are living in some difficult times. As believers, we can place our burdens in God’s hands. God never said following him would be easy; however, he did say he will never leave us or forsake us. We need to lean in even closer to Him, through prayer and reading his word.

This is one of the scriptures that gives me comfort and peace. I pray the same for you.

Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore

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