We live in extraordinary times. In all my adult life, I don’t think I have known so much political instability. We seem to be living in a decade of division and disunity. Years of “yah-boo” politics have disenfranchised an increasingly disenchanted Joe Public. Months of mayhem have dominated our news. Journalists ghoulishly pick over the bones of politicians’ one-line interviews, analysing who said what, why and when. Panels of so-called experts pontificate and argue, achieving nothing. The currency markets bounce up and down, seemingly in need of financial diazepam to dampen the fiscal anxieties and worries. Sometimes living in a croft in a far-away, self-sufficient place seems a very attractive proposition!
Bible narratives, particularly in the Old Testament, described many occasions where God’s people suffered greatly from the excesses of the civilisations of their times. But as they discovered, lifting our eyes off of the tumult of today into the face of God immediately brings a different viewpoint. One of peace and security. Scriptures such as “the LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger” (Psalm 27:1), and “the nations of the world are worth nothing to him. In his eyes they count for less than nothing—mere emptiness and froth” (Isaiah 40:17), join many others in describing what God thinks of it all.
In times of stress we must remember where our Source and Security is. Remember the chorus of the old hymn?
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Let’s meditate on what the Scriptures say about the Kingdom of God, dimming out the chaotic excesses of the kingdom of this world and looking on from a position of security, “hidden in His sanctuary” (Psalm 27:5).
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