Sudden Change

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  • Suddenly it happens that a source of life or joy or refreshment is cut off?  The supply dries up and we panic—‘’What shall I do now?”  The panic results from our habit of expecting people and circumstances to operate according to our wishes. When they change, the heat is turned on, drought is imminent, and unless we remember the single unfailing Source of Life, we shrivel.

    The father of a young family, for example, faces the loss of his job; a woman long active in serving other for the Lord has to learn to be served; a girl is abandoned by the man who was about to marry her; a hard-pressed student fails to make the grade that will qualify him for a scholarship.  Where to turn?  

    “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and rests his confidence upon him.  He shall be like a tree. . . that stretches its roots along the stream.  When the heat comes it has nothing to fear. . . In a year of drought it feels no care and does not cease to bear fruit” (Jer. 17:7-8).

    **Excerpt originally published in “Guided by God’s Promises”, pg. 243-244