Thought for the end of June 2016

For all of those going on holiday this week to Europe, I watched with real alarm and sadness the value of British money drop to an alarming low and coming out of last week, felt a warning of great change ringing in my heart and head.

Sometimes we like a change, don’t we?

Move the furniture around, change the paint scheme, have a different hair style, but I suspect that there is a limit. The change should not be too large otherwise everything we know as familiar is no longer there and we find ourselves on strange, even threatening ground. Young people seem to adapt to this very quickly, but older folk don’t find it so easy.

It is in times like we have here in what is still called the UK that one feels the need to reach out for something reliable. It’s a bit like anyone off a sinking ship finding a life raft in a troubled sea. If I feel like this I am sure others do also and are searching around for that life raft.

I found it was very close and that all I had to do was reach out a little and grab it firmly. The help lay in my Bible, in the strong exciting promises made by the God of the Bible, promises many of which have already come true; promises that show what will happen in to our world with absolute certainty. For someone trying to keep their heads above water in troubled waters this is such an enormous blessing.

There is no space here to show the detail of those promises but one significant thing to hold on to is a promise made by Jesus, the one I found was in the gospel of John chapter 14 and in verse 27, it reads like this. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid”

Another similar reassuring promise is in the letter to the Hebrews chapter 13 and verses 5 and 6. ‘…be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”‘