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Perspective - November 2008

I don't like reading the newspaper, listening to the radio or watching television these days because all I hear is campaign rhetoric and disturbing news about the economy, our schools, government, etc.

The last month or so our nation's and the world's attention have focused on the troubling times in which we live. Throughout the ages, people always have felt they lived in times that couldn't get worse, but seemingly do.

We know that the world in which we live physically will never be perfect because of sin and man's fallen state. But how do we react and where do we put our hope in turbulent times? I believe the Bible gives us clear examples. One of those is found in Exodus and the deliverance of Israel from Egypt.

Most of us know the story. The Israelites were enslaved by the Egyptians when Moses returns to his land of birth to emancipate the Hebrew nation. After Moses and Aaron meet with the elders and leaders they all worshiped the one true God.

The story then takes a sudden turn when Moses meets with Pharaoh and asks him to let the people go. The king of Egypt decrees the Israelites should be worked harder and demands they gather the straw for making bricks. Of course the children of Israel are upset and regret the day of Moses' return.

However, God is set on freeing His people from their bondage as He had promised through His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and causes plagues to fall on Pharaoh, his people and Egypt. At first, the Hebrews were not immune from
these plagues. Those were turbulent times for all living in Egypt, including God's chosen people.

On the surface, the plagues were horrible things, but there was more behind them. Through God's miraculous acts, God was demonstrating to the Egyptians and His people that the false gods whom Egyptians worshiped and trusted were no match for Him. From these familiar passages we learn the simple truth that God is supreme and has authority over all things. We also find the principle that an idol (god) is a lifeless, useless substitute for the real thing - the one true God.

So, in these turbulent times, I remind us all to place our trust and hope in the real thing - God - who is almighty and powerful and carries us through good and bad times.

Last Published: November 4, 2008 6:47 PM