These Are The Times – Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Thomas Paine wrote this famous line: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” His words resonate with us today. These days test our souls. And like our forebears, we must choose either to face our current difficulties with courage or shrink away from the challenges that confront us. Our souls will either languish in hopelessness or be strengthened through adversity.

We have come to the point it seems that our leaders have abandoned us for their own selfish gains. We cannot turn to them, for they are at the heart of our struggles. We feel like sheep without a shepherd. Our leaders pose as wolves in sheep’s clothing, attacking the flock. Yet, we are not alone, for Jesus Christ has made it clear that He is the Good Shepherd who has lain down His life for the sheep.

Though our leaders have abandon us, God has not abandoned us in these days of testing. God who delivered the Israelites, sent His Son to redeem the world and made visible His strength through Christ’s resurrection will empower us with His Spirit to face our difficulties. The words God spoke to Joshua He still speaks to us today: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

Though the times will try our souls, God in Christ will strengthen our souls through the power of the Holy Spirit. Be strong and courageous and hope in the Lord.

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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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