Times Like These

When today’s headlines read:

  • Doctor loses license in live birth abortion case
  • Tough choices for America’s hungry
  • Afghan bomb kills 2 U.S. soldiers
  • Small company reaches far and wide in salmonella scandal
  • Storm floods SoCal homes, threatens mudslides
  • FDA OKs 1st drug from genetically altered animals
  • Deflation: When low prices buy high anxiety

I would say that it’s safe to assume that we are living in the “end times” as described in the Bible.   People are nervous, with reason!   The country is dealing with an economic crisis that has everyone wondering if they are the next in line for a lay-off.  As we enter a new political era full of uncertainity, many wonder what’s one to do in times like these? 

It’s a question as old as time.  And the answer lies in One older than time.  Jesus.  He is our Rock, as the great hymns remind us.  Just as music ministered to Saul in I Samuel 16,  a good old-fashioned Gospel hymn can minister to the  soul of  one living in “times like these”.   In fact, In Times Like These is the exact title to one such hymn. 

After reading II Timothy 3:1 “This know also that in the last days perilous times will come,”  Ruth Caye Jones , or Mother Jones as she was called, penned the words to the popular hymn In Times Like These.   The year was 1944.   And the world was at war.  While WWII was being fought on the battle field, fear and uncertainty was gripping the hearts of those on the home front.  In response, Mother Jones felt inspired by the Holy Spirit to write these words of comfort: 

1.
In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock

Refrain
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One
This Rock is Jesus, the only One
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock

2.
In times like these you need the Bible
In times like these O be not idle
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock

3.
In times like these I have a Savior
In times like these I have an anchor
I’m very sure, I’m very sure
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock

Christian, don’t lose hope.  You have an anchor! 

[Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  ~ Hebrews 13:5

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