2 Corinthians 4:8-10, 13 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. These bodies of ours are constantly facing death just as Jesus did; so it is clear to all that it is only the living Christ within who keeps us safe. We boldly say what we believe, trusting God to care for us, just as the psalm writer did when he said, “I believe and therefore I speak.” TLB
We live in uncertain times, in a world where things are moving at breakneck speed every which way. Things that seemed guaranteed in the past are suddenly not so set in stone. Our personal and sometimes local or national security is often challenged, maybe compromised. There is political uncertainty, in the UK, the EU, different regions have their issues from Asia with the troubles in China and North Korea to the Trump/Clinton saga in America to the continual struggles in Africa. Financial markets wax and wane. In a world of uncertainty, doubt, new threats to our daily lives, we have a constant: God. God is certain. His love is solid and was demonstrated through his giving up his son Jesus Christ to die for our sins on the cross. Jesus rose from the dead and is alive – never to die again. He keeps us safe. God has our ultimate destiny in his hand. His plans for us are of good, and not of evil, to give us a future and a hope. ‘Hope’ that word that the world desperately needs today, is found in him.