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Our reading from Psalm 66:8-20 this week points to the very different circumstances we will endure in God’s kingdom. There are times of suffering and times of abundance. There are times of temptation and times of confidence. There are times of sorrow and times of joy.
In all of our different circumstances, what can we know from God’s Word? We can know that the Lord has not rejected us. He hears our prayer. He watches over us. He will show his good favor to us. Even though sometimes it doesn’t seem that we are perfectly in favor, we recognize God’s comfort when we find it after a time of trouble. We are strengthened for the hard times by the nurture we receive in the easy times.
For this reason, we should not put too much confidence in our perception of our life. Is life pleasant? Is life difficult? God remains the very same God, lovingly watching over all, regardless of our temporary experience. We can look to him in confidence that he will never change in his care for his people.
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