What I Read Today:
James 3; Acts 14; Jonah 2; Psalm 42; 1 Chronicles 23; Genesis 45
If you are a fan of the Trilogy The Lord of the Rings, there is a moment in the second movie, where the nation of Rohan is trapped in a place called Helms Deep. The people are surrounded by mountains on one side and a massive army in front of them. They are outnumbered. They need a miracle.
Aragorn, the future king of Middle Earth, observes a frightened young boy staring at a sword. The boy is clearly terrified of the battle that is about to begin. As the boy speaks, he tells Aragorn that he’s overheard some of the men saying that this fight is hopeless.
Aragorn looks at the young boy and says, “there is always hope.”
As we read the words of Psalm 42, we see that we also always have hope.
While it may seem that our God is silent, we have the assurance that he is always there. In those moments, when we are overwhelmed by the events of the world around us, we have the confidence that our God is still in control.
When we are depressed and downhearted, our God promises to be with us every step of the way. He guarantees that he will see us through.
In 2020 our world needs that assurance more than ever before.