Safe in His Care, Even When World Goes Crazy
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. - Psalm 46:10-11
The polarization in our nation concerns me and should be a concern to all of us. Civility and sound reasoning have given way to slander and vilifying those who are different. As Peter Steinke observes when a group of people has gone toxic, “Conflict is no longer a time for learning but for conquering.” Senator Ben Sasse in his book, Them: Why We Hate Each Other and How to Heal, says it is urgent that we “find more constructive ways to fight – to bring our disagreements on matters of policy under a general agreement about shared values or core commitments”.
That said, our hope is not in any political remedy; we do not take our cues from the world, but from the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a deeper malady that must be addressed. As believers, we must realize that the purity of our walk with Christ can be eclipsed by the rants all around us. This means we need to be ever more vigilant in our worship and private devotions if we are to bring Christ’s message of hope to this world. We need to abide in Christ, not in the media. We must speak the truth in love with a humility that rests on our assurance that Christ HAS overcome the world.
When the Psalmist calls us to “Be still”, it is not a call to be passive, detached, or indifferent. Rather, God calls us to Himself. We are called to cease striving in our own strength, stop coping through our own wits, and rest in the assurance that our God is truly with us. We are safe in His care - even when this world has gone crazy. We are to live each day in the full assurance that our sovereign God is Present, working and fully aware of us and the needs all around us. He will speak to us and lead us to fruitful outreach when we align our thinking, our breathing, the very essence of our being with Him.
Thomas Merton, in his book, New Seeds of Contemplation writes these insightful words, “Every moment of every event of every person’s life plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual life. Most of these seeds are lost because we are not prepared to receive it. The love of God, however, seeks us in every situation, and seeks our good.”
Let us “cast all our anxieties upon Him” knowing He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Let us live each day - each moment, in His Presence, and allow His life-giving seeds to find receptive soil in our souls that will take root and bear good fruit for His glory.
Growing with you in Christ,
Dave Meckley, Pastor