Words of Hope from Elder David Smith
But I trust in you, LORD; I say, You are my God. My times are in your hands. Psalm 31:14-15a
It seems to me that every news program, media outlet, newspaper and magazine, whether I see it on my computer, on a printed page, or broadcast to a screen, is dominated by information, advice and guidelines about COVID-19 and its many effects on day to day life. Medical experts and government officials are front and center, doing their best to guide the nation through a pandemic. It is more than a little overwhelming, these constant reminders of a world turned upside down. We feel off balance and off kilter, trying to make sense of it all. Perhaps you are experiencing that too. In this information saturation, we are tempted to place our hope in doctors, scientists and politicians.
God’s word reminds us how foolish this is. While God provides government and science as blessings to achieve His purposes, they are not a substitute for Him. Let these words from the Psalms wash over you, memorize them, meditate on them, overlay them over your favorite news media. Take comfort in knowing that the Person who made the universe has us in His hands.
“Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, my soul. I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them, He remains faithful forever.” Psalm 146:1-6 (NIV)