Christian Brothers and Sisters:
Do not dwell on whether or not the day will bring good or bad news; because if you do then what separates you from the rest of the world? Those living in a secular world, thinking only of what will please the “world” do not have Jesus, do not have God nor do they have the Holy Spirit!
Prove your loyalty by not giving in to alarm, fear or distress! Commit openly to be in the Spirit and your spirits will soar out of the hopelessness often felt in a secular society! Jesus, the Begotten, lifts up our hope and your heart, knowing He lives!
He is in heaven, and because He lives, you do not have to dwell on earthly things. Now, if you are seen to be distracted as others sometimes preceive you to be, it is an opportunity to explain the grace which you have received! That is the dignity, the peace of the new nature which you possess.
Again, if you should be filled with alarm or fear, as others are, you would, doubtless, be led into the sins so common to others under trying circumstances.
The ungodly, when overtaken by evil tidings, rebel against God; they grumble, and think that God deals harshly with them.
Will you fall into that same sin? Will you provoke the Lord as they do?
Moreover, the unconverted often flee to wrong means in order to escape from difficulties, and you will be sure to do the same if your mind yields to the present or increasing pressure.
Trust in the Lord, wait patiently for Him. Your wisest course is to do as Moses did at the Red Sea, “Stand still and see the salvation of God.” For if you give way to fear, to uncertainty, when you hear of evil tidings you will be unable to meet whatever trouble may come your way. But instead, with Christ’s help and with that calm composure you will be sustained under adversity. How can you glorify God if you play the coward and run swiftly toward temptation?
Saints have often sung God’s high praises in the fires, but will your doubt and despondance, as though you were alone, magnify the Most High? Then take courage, and rely in assured confidence upon the faithfulness of your covenant God, “let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Betty, Psalm 31:24
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