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An optimist is a father who lets his son drive the new car alone.
A pessimist is one who wouldn't.
A cynic is one who did!

Lam 3:57-58
57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee:
thou saidst, Fear not.
58 O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul;
thou hast redeemed my life.

LIGHT from the WORD.

If ever there was a man who had cause to doubt God's closeness,
protection and provision, it was Jeremiah.
He prophesied the truth as God revealed it.
For that, he was placed in chains, put in the dungeon, dropped in a pit,
then confined to the courtyard.
Then, after all his prophecy had been refused by the people, he was
carried away to land where he had prophesied that all who escaped
there would die.

Yet Jeremiah affirms God's nearness.
He says, " the day that I called upon Thee: Thou saidst....."
He also affirms God's assurance.
He realized God said, "...Fear not!"

Yes, sometimes it feels as though God is far away, but He is always
as near as our next breath!
We may use that breath to call upon Him!
And, God's closeness brings assurance!
We have no need of fear when we are constantly in His presence!

God Himself "pleads our cause."
Let us be grateful, for God stands between us and circumstances.
He stands between us and those who would be our adversaries.
Whether we feel it or not, God Himself stands on our behalf and
intercedes for us.

Christians can, along with Jeremiah, say that our Lord has redeemed
not only our souls, but also He has "redeemed my life!"
Yes, God has ransomed our souls with the blood of Christ and
snatched us from the clutches of sin.

But God has done even MORE!
He has made our lives count for something more than we could.
He has made us a witness to Himself!
He has "redeemed my life" in that He has made it useful
to serve His purposes!

Let God ALONE drive your life!
He will never take you where He will not be WITH you
and PROTECT you!

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce