October 27

Psalm 46:6-11

“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” vs. 10

In the midst of tumult the psalmist shared his conviction that God was in charge and would bring peace and security to the earth. One day, he told the people, there would be an end to the desolations, weapons would be destroyed, and war would be no more. We need those words of hope and encouragement now. Even though we are aware of the immense problems facing the world there is no common will to make the sacrifices necessary to avert disaster. As a result the climate will continue to change and average temperatures will be higher. Polar caps will melt, rising oceans will become warmer, weather patterns will change, and coastal flooding will be commonplace. Millions of people will be on the move to avoid famine and widespread starvation. The outlook isn’t promising, at least for the poorest and most vulnerable. But somehow life will go on, not because we have all the answers, but because God is the source and sustainer of all that exists. And even as we work together to end wars and give aid to the suffering, we know God is in the midst of us. Life will continue to have meaning and purpose. Humans will continue to know joy and love. God is the essence of all that is–and that’s the whole reason we can still rejoice and sing.

Thought for the Day: What’s the biggest challenge the world faces?

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