A stronghold in times of stress

May 18, 2013 12:12 pm

In this world we live in today, we all need a stronghold, a place of security, a place of protection, a hiding place so that we would not be defeated by life’s troubles. The Scripture has cautions about the last days. Here is how some versions of the Bible describe the last days in 2 Timothy 3:1: “perilous times” (New King James Version); “difficult times” (Good News); “terrible times” (New International Version); “grievous times” (World English Bible); “dangerous times” (Common English Bible); “violent periods of time” (God’s Word); “times… full of danger” (J.B. Philips); “very hard times” (Contemporary English); “times of stress” (RSV) . It is obvious that the times described in the various Bible versions are already here with us, stressful times indeed. At such a time as this, we all need a stronghold, a place of security, a place of protection, a hiding place so that we would not be defeated by life’s troubles. Our world is going through times of stress: religious persecutions, economic hardships, social vices, etc. some of us have become prisoners of the world’s systems, captives of worry, pressure, circumstances, etc. and need deliverance. Please I would admonish you to understand this: “the salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; He is their stronghold in time of trouble” (Ps. 37:39 New International Version). There is hope in Jesus. Go to Him! – By Jokpeme Joseph Omode

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