Who Will Show Us Better Times?

In a time of uncertainty, pandemics, wars, rumors of wars, violence, inflation, inhumane treatment, etc. Life can be such a struggle and look grim. King David wrote this Psalm #4 expressing his own concerns for himself, his family, his nation. Watching the news, reading media clips about the Russia invasion of Ukraine 🇺🇦, the threat of chemical or nuclear assault, gas and oil affecting our world 🌎 can cause fear and anxiety on a higher level than before. Let’s face it our economy is not as great as we are told, yet we hear BS too often from slanted fronts.
Some people say that worrying is a sin. I’m not sure that is an accurate statement. We are human and should have concerns about what is happening now and the future generations to come.

Notice what David pens in Psalm 4.
David wrestled with God in his own unrest and uneasiness. He even wrote not to get angry with God!

But soon he reflects on the answer of many questions and insecurities.
Many people say, “Who will show us better times?” Let your face smile on us, Lord”.

As he looked to the Lord, David “sought out God to let His face to smile upon us.’?” This was intended for each of us to do some soul searching individually, and as a nation. Money, abundance of things, more weapons, or prosperity was not the answer.

You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe”.
Psalms 4:6‭-‬8

The greater joy and peace was found in his own contentment as David sought God.

I sought the LORD, and he heard me, And delivered me from all my fears”.
Psalm 34:4

The disciples were a bit frantic when Jesus told them he had to go and be with his Father God in heaven. Jesus promised to leave them peace and joy as an assurance.

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am”.
John 14:27‭-‬28

I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
John 15:11 NLT

The peace and joy of God cannot be bought but must be sought. As we examine our lives and insecurities may we ask God to forgive us in Jesus’ name. May we make a difference by not only helping where we can, but believe that God will make a way, because He is in control. Jesus himself the Son of God emphasized to his disciples:
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am”.
John 14:27‭-‬28 NLT

My friend may your week be filled with God’s peace, joy, and love. May His face shine upon you, your family, and our world. In peace may we like David lie down and sleep, for the Lord God himself will keep us safe if we completely trust in His promise.

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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