We’re in His hands.
With all the stuff happening in the world it’s easy to start yielding to fear. It’s subtle, but I believe it can accumulate and led us off the path.
I talked to a dear brother about the state of affairs, and he told me about a brother he met who works in national security. When he asked the brother what he thought about what was happening in the nation, this was his reply:
“Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”
As a Christian who knows what’s happening behind the scenes, it’s it awesome that he answered the question with Scripture.
Isn’t that what we should do?
I have allowed myself to listen to too many discussions about how the evil plans of men are ruining this country. I’ve read articles that are not edifying one bit. It’s hard to avoid what’s in-your-face, but . . . We must beware and not give way to a spirit of fear.
The enemy of our souls wants us wrapped in fear and making decisions based on fear. This is not how Jesus modeled the way we are to live. Fear clouds our minds, renders our faith of none-effect, and makes it hard to hear the One we most need to hear.
He didn’t give us a spirit of fear, He gave us the Holy Spirit. That’s the only “spirit” we should be listening to.We must answer the news of the hour with God’s word.
That’s what Jesus modeled, so that’s what we should do.
“Do not be anxious about anything but by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding (even of current events!) will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Jesus knew the suffering ahead. He didn’t wring His hands, He rent His heart before His Father. Jesus had to depend on the same Holy Spirit He has given us.
I’m not saying stick your head in the sand. I’m not saying don’t prepare. I’m saying beware how you hear, and guard against fear.
Let’s dwell on the Word, not what’s on the internet. Let’s stop studying how bad is bad and drink in how good is God.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” ( 1 Peter 5:6-7)
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 118:6)
“He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.” (Psalm 112:7)