Oh me, oh my. Reading the news headlines just isn’t any fun right now!
North Korea Warns Intercepting ‘Satellite’ Will Prompt Counterstrike; Israeli Major-General [states]: Iran past ‘nuclear threshold’…using nuclear talks to buy time for bomb; World Bank offers dire forecast for world economy…; Recession on track to be longest in postwar period…
Gas prices are headed back up while housing and stock values are going straight down.
Even our churches aren’t safe: Gunman Killed Pastor – That type of headline is becoming just as common as the rest!
Our elderly parents are terrified. They’re worried about their savings, wondering about social security, and confused about how this will impact them. Frankly, we’re often feeling the same way.
What do we do in the midst of all these potential, looming crises? I prefer to look at a different set of “headlines:”
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Isaiah 41:10
‘Do not fear,for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Joshua 1:9
I’m especially partial to the words “wherever you go” in Isaiah and the word “Surely” in Joshua. No matter what happens, no matter WHERE we go, God will SURELY uphold His children with His righteous right hand. Crises will come and go, leaders will come and go, God is always right there with us. He made this world, He is sovereign over us, and He has assured us we do NOT have to look anxiously around for He is there to strengthen and help us! Those are the kind of headlines we can use to encourage our elderly parents, our children, and our grandchildren. Those are the kind of headlines I like to read!