“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence,’The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me (Hebrews 13:5,6)?’
I’ve been back in Virginia five months now. The return has not been an easy one. It has been fraught with care.
When I learned I could return to the area of my youth, I was overjoyed. I was tired of being overseas, away from my home country. But I wasn’t going to come back to the United States just for the sake of returning to the land of my birth. The area had to be palatable to me.
Virginia was one of the places I had considered coming back to before I was offered a job here. I had spent my childhood in the area and I had fond memories. So I jumped at the chance to escape a rough road abroad and move here.
I didn’t expect living here to be “moon over Miami”, but I had not counted on all the problems we have encountered. I didn’t necessarily think it would be easy, but I didn’t think we would face this much distress either. Yet, we are here and we are trying to make the best of it. It’s a new start.
The Jewish captives of Babylon were overjoyed when they were set free and returned to Israel. It was if they were dreaming. The people were full of laughter, and even the local pagans noticed their joy (Psalm 126:1-3). Things couldn’t be better, right?
Not so. The new settlers were just getting started. Their dream of a return to their homeland had been fulfilled, but they had to survive there. It was going to be painful, hard work planting the crop and trusting God to bless their endeavors (Psalm 126:4-6).
This is the key to survival, and rejoicing, in tough times. Men are not the solution to our problems — God is. He is either with us, or He isn’t. I prefer to believe that He is.