Love the Lord, all his faithful people! The Lord preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
Psalm 31:23-24 (NIV)
The Lord Preserves
Preserving and canning began with the need to put food by for times of scarcity. It is a testimony to the ingenuity of people. In British Columbia, food preservation methods depended on the climactic zone. First Nations people were able to freeze in Northern BC, some in the Fraser Canyon and South Okanagan were able to wind dry, and along the Pacific Coast some were able to smoke and dry food. Often, they shared their methods with the settlers.
I wish I could promise you that if you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, you will never again face a challenging time in your life. But I can’t make that promise. In fact, Jesus Himself told His followers that in this life we will have tribulation. But then He added “but be of good cheer – I have overcome the world.” King David certainly had his challenges. He is called a man after God’s own heart, but he faced opposition from King Saul and his own son Absalom. Life was not easy for him. In spite of all that was happening in his life, David wrote this in Psalm 31:23-24: “Love the Lord, all his faithful people! The Lord preserves those who are true to him, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Those who trust in Jesus Christ have the assurance that God is in our corner. When we are face challenging times, Jesus is right there with us through them all. When people oppose us because of our faith in Jesus, He doesn’t miss a thing, and will see that justice is served.
These have been words from the heart.