Flourishing During Hard Times

Times of drought, famine, natural calamities and pandemics can be times of rejoicing for
God’s people. These scriptures encourage us to keep faith during hard times:

Psalm 37:19: They will not be ashamed in the time of evil, and in the days of famine they will have abundance.
Psalm 91:3: He will rescue you from the fowler’s snare, from the destroying plague.
Psalm 91:5-7: You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that roams in darkness, nor the plague that ravages at noon.
Though a thousand fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, near you it shall not come.
Psalm 91:9-10: Because you have the LORD for your refuge and have made the Most High your stronghold,no evil shall befall you, no affliction come near your tent.
Psalm 57:2: In the shadow of your wings I seek refuge till harm pass by.
Proverbs 3:25-26: Do not be afraid of sudden terror, of the ruin of the wicked when it comes; For the
LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from the snare.
Isaiah 58:10-11: If you feed those who are hungry and take care of the needs of those who are troubled, then your light will shine in the darkness . . . The LORD will always lead you. He will satisfy your needs in dry lands.

Remember these real-life examples:
Jesus saved Peter when his faith failed trying to walk on water in a storm
Elijah was fed by a poverty-stricken woman during a three-year drought.
Several million Israelites, plus their livestock survived 40 years in a desert with the manna and water God provided.
Jesus fed 5,000 men, plus women and children, with five loaves and two fish.

Jesus promised to never leave us nor forsake us. Sparse times and threatening situations prove his personal attention to our needs. He never lets down those who trust in him. That would violate his nature and refute his promises.

John Pisula, Grand Knight: [email protected]
Joe Cox, Council Lecturer: [email protected]