The Lord is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1
As I watched the news today, I began to become fearful about events going on around the world. Freedom is being threatened in Hong Kong, the Ebola virus seems to be out of control in west Africa, children across america are contracting Enterovirus that is paralyzing and in some cases causing death, and war in the middle-east. All of these events are scary and things seem to be getting worse. Will there ever be an end? It’s enough to cause great fear for the future of our country and world. What can we do?
We need to keep in mind that God is still on His throne and in control. He always has been and He always will be. In all things He has a purpose in either causing or allowing things to take place. He is never taken by surprise or caught off guard. But when our personal “world” is crumbling around us, it’s oftentimes difficult to remember but essential that we do.
We must also keep in mind that God loves us with perfect love and has promised that everything (good and seemingly bad) that touches our lives will work together for His glory and our benefit (Rom. 8:28). Jesus was tortured and killed was horrible; but God allowed it and caused it to work for the salvation of the whole world! Also, we are living in the “last days” before Jesus returns to the earth for His people. While that’s exciting to think about, it also means that the world is going to get worse and worse as it is being prepared to embrace the Antichrist.
As we live in this scary world, we are to keep on living for Jesus day by day. We are to keep on loving our families, entrusting them to God. We should make plans for the future, but we met trust God for that future because He holds it in His hands. As the world becomes more scary by the day, we must never stop fighting against the enemy in the strength of the Holy Spirit.
We don’t have to be fearful. God has promised never to leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). He holds us in His hand (John 10:28-30) and nothing can remove us from His hand or separate us from His love (Rom 8:39-39). As an old pilot once said, “When days seem darkest because of the clouds, the sun is still shining. We just have to climb up higher to be able to see it. May we climb higher each day as we desire to let Him live through us and bring glory to His name (Gal. 2:20). His perfect love will cast out any fear we have (1 John 4:18)