by Beth Bondurant

Will suffering and strife ever end?

Seems like another threat comes right on the heels of the last cautioning.

Today is like the "calm before the storm".

How can one day be so peaceful and then turn into such violence.

"Do you finally believe? In fact, you're about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I'm not abandoned. The Father is with me. I've told you all this so that trusting God, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I've conquered the world."

We do so easily abandon what we know as love and mercy... goodness and truth. It really doesn't seem to take much to pull us away from hope and patience... faithfulness and self control.

We continue to believe that God's kingdom will come... "on earth... as it is in heaven" and in our diligence toward this end we forget that it has already been done... yet our spiritual eyes cannot see how.

We are swept into the chaos and lose sight of God with us...always.

O God... help me to keep my focus on your way... your hope... your peace... your love. I am so easily "tossed about" and begin to grab for the closest security rather than falling into your open arms of love.  I want to control and be controlled and have everyone around me subject to what I think is right and just.  My heart is hardened to forgiveness and sacrificial love that says..."not my will...but thine be done".  Help me today to listen and pray... to wait on your guidance for direction and promise.  I want to trust in You even when life around me is filled with such widespread uncertainty and wary warnings.