As I take a moment to think about things, I’m reminded of a hymn that ministered to me, even as a young man. It simple says, “I love the Lord, he heard my cry and pitied every groan, long as I, I live and troubles rise, I hasten to his throne.” To hasten is to move or act quickly. If I could give you a thought for today it would be to hasten to the Lord.
We’re living in time, when so much chaos and confusion is all around us. So many people are filled with fear and anxiety. People are walking around on edge and they are on the verge of losing it. I sometimes stop and ask myself, how did we get here? When did we get to the place of where just living life from day to day, has become so stressful? Where are all of the smiles, laughter and the warm hellos?
We can lay blame on our elected officials; we can lay blame on the pandemic; we can lay blame on systematic racism; or even lay blame on all of the social injustice in our society. While all of these things are true and play a part in our daily struggles, I do believe that our issues lie deeper than that. There is deep rooted hatred in the hearts of so many. Not to mention, the pride and arrogance that has taken over the hearts of men. Society has turned their backs on God.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
It’s time that we seek out the things of God and we need to seek them out in a hurry. So many people have let life get in the way of truly having a relationship with the Lord. It’s easy to look at where everyone else falls short, however if we take a good look at the list that we see in 2 Timothy 3:1-5, I’m sure that we may find ourselves in the list. I know one area, which affects most of us if nothing else is being unthankful. We’re quick to complain about and find fault with everything. We find something wrong with everything and everyone. From the mere opening of our eyes to just being in our right mind, we should be thankful. The Lord has truly been good to us, even in the midst of all that’s going on in the world.
So on today, let’s make the Lord a priority. Let’s set our hearts and minds on the things of God. We’ve been distracted and pulled away by what’s going on in the world but enough is enough. It’s time to hasten to the Lord, for the Lord is our refuge in the time of trouble. It’s in the Lord that we find peace that surpasses all understanding and unspeakable joy. May your hearts be filled with the everlasting love of God. God bless you.
Jabron Webster is the Pastor of Palmyra Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the United Ministerial Alliance..