If you expected to be quarantined and cloistered in your house for three months this year – raise your hand.
Do you sometimes feel that you wander in your Christian walk? Do you ever struggle with Jesus’ command, “deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Me.” It is often hard for us to be consistent in following Jesus daily…following Him completely. A displaced missionary once told hymn writer B.B. McKinney, "Wherever He leads, I'll go."
Ever feel like you are on shaky ground? Edward Mote grew up godless and became a cabinetmaker's apprentice. The cabinetmaker took him to a worship service where he became a Christian. Mote became a talented craftsman, devoted church member and Baptist pastor! He wrote, "My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness."
Babylonians conquered Jerusalem in 586 B.C. They scorched the temple and other buildings and torn down the city's walls. Isaiah and Jeremiah had warned that the people's rebellion would land them in exile. God’s people were shaken and their land was lost. Maybe today, you can relate to them.
Have you ever received sad news? Professor Anthony J. Showalter heard from two pupils who had lost their wives. In his reply, he included Deuteronomy 33:27, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Thus began the writing of the Gospel hymn, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.”