August 24

Psalm 112:5-10

“For the righteous will never be moved; they will be remembered forever. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord.” vss. 6-7

It’s easy to get discouraged at times like this. There is a constant barrage of warnings about climate change and “breaking news” of threats from all parts of the globe. Nations are competing to perfect missiles that cannot be defended against and we wonder if more attacks will soon be launched by our unfriendly competitors. And it’s even harder to stay upbeat when election campaigns are kicking off and we see warnings of doom and destruction if the wrong candidates are elected. Every commercial break, even in golf matches, brings heavily edited news clips and fabricated accusations. It’s hard to remember that in the midst of all this garbage there are good and righteous people who are sincerely working on behalf of the poor and in the pursuit of justice. The psalmist bids us not to be afraid of evil tidings, to continue with a spirit of optimism even in the midst of disaster, and we wonder if such an attitude is even possible. Our history as people of faith gives us hope. When our hearts are firm and secure in the Lord we will continue to trust in every circumstance, most especially when the politicians we detest end up winning elections. Such persons come and go, but the Lord continues forever!

Thought for the Day: When is it most difficult for me to be optimistic?

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