I don't know if things today are any worse than they were 20 years ago, but it sure seems like it. Crime reported in the local paper today alone included 6 robberies, 2 break-ins, 2 cases of money extortion, 1 murder, and one case of a 20-something year-old sodomizing a 9-year old. Crime was not the only bad news. There are current talks of possibly 200 people losing their jobs in the school system in which I teach. Job loss is not confined to just my school system. It is estimated that due to proration, over 3500 teachers in the state of Alabama could be unemployed by the end of the school year. I read on the Internet where the Kansas City School System is about to close half the schools in its district. Our school board here in Dothan is about to vote on combining the two high schools. And the problem is effecting more than just the education field. Almost every industry is being hit hard with unemployment and downsizing. If these are not the End Times, I sure hope I'm not here when they come.
The Bible teaches us that we are to focus on things that are cheerful, Godly, and good. We should spend our time thinking about love, kindness, and friendship. It is so hard to try to block out the bad things that are roaring around us. I could not even begin to imagine how I could get along without Christ. I find I need Him everyday. When I pray to Him, I can actually feel His loving arms around me. He is much more than just a friend to me. Jesus is my Rock and my Savior. He is like the calm eye of the worst hurricane. Not all things are good right now, but Jesus has a way of sewing all the pieces together to make something great! I have to remind myself of this fact every single day. God is with us! Satan may be winning this little battle, but we all know who will win the War.
2 Timothy 4:18 says, "And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto His heavenly Kingdom: to whom be glory forever and ever."
Father, help us to stay focused on the positive things You have made for us. Help us to remember that all things will work according to Your perfect will. In Jesus name, Amen.