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Hope Despite a Changing World

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Psalm 46

(1) God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
(2) Therefore we will not fear, though
     the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the
     heart of the sea,
(3) though its waters roar and foam 
and the mountains quake with their
     surging.

(4) There is a river whose streams
     make glad the city of God,
the holy play where the Most High
     dwells.
(5) God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at the break of day.
(6) Nations are in uproar, kingdoms 
     fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

(7) The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

(8) Come and see what the Lord has
     done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
(9) He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the
     spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
(10) He says, "Be still, and know that I
     am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."

(11) The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Where do you place your hope and security? If it's in governments, financial markets, or education, you will be disappointed. Our world is always changing. Trusted governments fail, great economies falter, and strong institutions prove to be unstable. When this happened, people struggle with fear and insecurity.

The world, however, won't become more trustworthy. Ever since the time of the tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-32), people have been promising a better civilization, but no man-made advance has permanently enhanced life. Certainly some institutions go through periods in which humanity is greatly benefited, but ultimately any part of society that challenges God won't last. It's because the talented and knowledgeable people involved are also sinful people. Greed, pride, and list have brought about the downfall of many civilizations.

Brilliant, charismatic leaders may clam to offer a better tomorrow, but no man or woman is the solution to the world's problems. Only Christ can deliver on His promise of hope to those of us who trust in Him. He lives in us, guiding our path, comforting us in loss and sorrow, and promising an eternal future of heavenly bliss.

This changing world can be a scary place - especially for people who trust in themselves. But those who trust in God can have hope and confidence because even in a chaotic environment, He is the one constant. His Word is always true, His power is absolute, and His promises are certain. Human institutions fail, but when Jesus Christ returns to rule the earth, all will be made right.

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