There’s no shortage of bad news in the world, but there’s no shortage of hope, either.
Posted in , Dec 22, 2016
When bad news hits close to home–for me it was the recent horrific Tennessee fires in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge–it’s especially shocking. I recognized those scenes of devastation–places I visited with my family, where we rented cabins, shopped and had picnics in the beautiful mountains.
It was the same when a hurricane hit Hilton Head Island several months ago. That’s been my family’s home away from home for almost 30 years. As photos of the devastation appeared on social media, I saw streets where we’d stayed, where we rode bicycles as a family. I recognized demolished businesses where we'd shopped.
Places we’ve been become a part of us, and the same is true spiritually. But I can look back at the disasters in my life and see, time after time and place after place, where God has been faithful.
When our business was struggling, God brought us through that situation—just as He promised in Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
When my heart was broken, He provided comfort–just as He promised in Nahum 1:7: The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.
When I needed love, God gave it in abundance–just as He said in Jeremiah 31:3:.. I have loved you with an everlasting love...
When I needed hope, God provided it–just as He promised in Psalm 30:5: Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
A new year is beginning. By the time the last page is torn from the calendar, we’ll be able to look back at the places we’ve been. And we might encounter a few disasters on the road ahead. But we can rest in the hope that God will provide whatever we need, just as He promised.