In Times Like These
I was browsing a hymnal looking for just the right song to match my sermon this weekend when I spotted the old favorite, In Times Like These. What a great song. Ruth Jones, wrote it in 1944. WWII was raging and the Normandy Invasion was in June. She wrote the words, melody and harmony while ironing – some people are so very gifted.
“In times like these you need a Savior.
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the solid Rock!
This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One.”
It seems like we have been at war somewhere in the world ever since. Has there ever been a time when In Times Like These wasn’t appropriate? Every morning seems to bring us something unsettling and even startling. I often wonder how people manage who don’t have Jesus in their lives. He brings amazing comfort. His promise “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” could not be more appropriate and calming.
Sometimes we look at photographs of earth taken from afar in space and we look so isolated and so alone hurtling through nothingness. Thankfully appearances can be deceiving. We are not alone. We are watched, nurtured and loved by the one who spoke us into existence. In Romans 8 Paul points out the logic that if God gave us His only Son will He not then give us all the things we need.
He is our Rock not only times like these but in all times and anywhere. With His help our anchor will hold. That’s a promise.