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     "But he welcomed any physical ordeal.  He saw how a great strife with the elements, a strain to the uttermost of his strength and his passion to fight, would save his faith, his hope, perhaps his mind."           --Zane Grey (Wanderer of the Wasteland)

     "And now the prize awaits me--the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return.  And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing."                                                                                                                                     --2 Timothy 4:8 (NLT)

This old world is spinning out of control and that's a fact.  Maybe not in the physical sense, but in the moral and spiritual sense chaos and confusion now seems to be the norm.  The great conveyor of confusion--the devil must be smiling with glee as what he is causing in the world.  However, despite his effort, God is in control.  We may wonder, what in the world is going on, but we must trust in the Lord and maintain our "sanity" by staying in the Word.  Look to the words of Jesus when the junk seems to be getting you down.

     "But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." (Luke 21:28, NASB)

How in the world can we have comfort in this crazy world?  By knowing the Lord Jesus, and having His Word in our heart.  There is no comfort away from that.  It is hard to be encouraged if we do not know the Word.  

Jesus always meets us right where we are.  He prepares us for this present world and the immediate future.  He made you a child of God and you can have confidence in that.  He dwells within us, guiding us through the confusion and chaos of this world and pointing us to that heavenly home that He has prepared for us.

So look up, and if you dare--smile.

D.C. Adkisson

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