Trust Christ who is our hope.

Pastor Denton Lester Trust…

I struggle with the way that the world is quickly changing. Today kids are not kids for very long. The lure of the tech world draws them into the wickedness of the times. When I was a boy, life was vastly different from what it is today. There were no computers, no video games, no social media, hatred was downplayed and there was an admiring desire to be a policeman, or a cowboy, or a soldier. Today’s children, especially the boys of today, do not even know what a cowboy is and what they are seeing about policemen and soldiers is far from pleasing. Today our children are burdened with the world’s problems instead of having the joy of being children.

Side note: There was an earthquake in North Carolina just recently, did you see that? Birth pains…

There is such ruthlessness in the nation recently and the media is making it out to be good. Beating people, burning businesses and homes, defacing property, wanting to change the history of the nation, all in a twisted concept of social justice; people are driven by an evil that is from Satan himself. The young people of our time are being fed directly from the devil’s table and they are becoming disinterested in the truth. As I told you before, “For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness” (2 Thess. 2:11).

Which brings me to the question I have for us, who or what do we trust? Do we trust in the people who are running the country? Do we trust the news media to provide the truth to us that we may make a truly honest decision in regard to the way our country is going and who we want to lead us? Do we trust social media with any truth? For if our God has sent upon them a deluding influence, how can we trust the media at all?

We are in the midst of a so called “pandemic,” and we are being told what to do and how we are to live out our private lives. We are supposed to follow strict guidelines to keep others safe. We are told that we could have this virus and not even know we have it. The people who are telling us all of this are also trying to manipulate us to follow their direction and order without question, as they know what is best for us who are like sheep wandering aimlessly.

I know that there are some of us who are genuinely frightened by the virus and hold on every word that the medical experts share. There is this “trust” in the media hype and the message that changes continually. We are not sure about whether the kids should go to school or play sports. We are not sure if we should go on vacation. We are not sure even about going to the store or out to eat. We are living in fear and we are being controlled. Have you seen the absolute horror of empty baseball stadiums? Doesn’t that just add to the whole concept of fear? In Proverbs chapter 3 we find beginning at verse 5, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” In Isaiah chapter 26 at verse 4 it says, “Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the LORD, we have an everlasting rock.”

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart…” Proverbs 3:5

Do you remember when Jesus was about to leave the disciples and return to His Father He told them, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides in you and will be with you” (John 14:16-17).

It is time for the people of God to move out of the fear of untruth and into the light of truth that our God is in charge and control. It is time to put our trust in God and not in persons or proclamations that change from day to day. This pandemic has affected the entire political, social and religious systems of our nation to the point that we are like sheep that need to be directed.

Pray for an awakening in our land, in the people, that they/we will trust in the LORD with all their hearts. We cannot accomplish anything or realize a sense of normalcy or have hope in the year that is coming without the trust-ing in our LORD completely. We are either people of God or we are not. We have to choose.

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6).

See you in church.

Pastor Denton
            Pastor Denton

September 2020