If you are like me every day reminds you of the problems we are facing in today’s world. There has never been a time, at least in my life, that has seemed so worrisome. Yes, there have been wars, but they have never before impacted my thinking and my life in such a personal way. As I have grown and my thinking has changed I cannot help being aware of how God’s heart must be saddened. The Word tells us that He created us out of a love beyond our comprehension, hoping that we would become His children to love and enjoy. How can we have so completely missed the point?
In this earthly life when things go south we barely struggle to find a solution. We may even decide our children are not worth the trouble and allow them to go their own way even though it often hurts. We are convinced that it is out of our hands; there is nothing that we can do. It would never enter our minds to give everything we have to correct the situation. What would be your best stab at the most you have to offer? I doubt you would come near what our Father, our God, decided we were worth.
In yesterday’s world such a problem would affect only a family, not the whole of our universe. Today with the advancement of society and the continuing evolvement of weaponry we are looking not only at the loss of one family, one city, one state, but the destruction of our entire world. How is it possible that things have gotten so out of hand? What are we going to do? God’s Word gives us the only sensible answer – Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).
How have we let ourselves move so far from the truth and the blessed life that our Lord initially intended for His creation? How much of our development has been our own doing and how much simply what the Lord has allowed us to see in order that we might have the opportunity to choose what He desired? When you run across someone who seems to have all his ducks in a row and is blissfully happy does it change your thinking or do you simply consider that you as a relatively smart individual have whatever it takes to do the same without any outside help? Is it so hard to bend a knee and ask the One who made us for His gift of wisdom? Do you ever wonder how your life would have gone if you had always known what you seem to know now?
It doesn’t take much today for us to realize that we truly are in the eye of the storm and we are no longer sure we have the ability to get out of it. We are not in charge of what happens, neither is the country in which we live or the government who is supposed to take care of its people. Is there anything we as individuals can do, or is it all in evil’s hand? Maybe it is time we all get serious, humble ourselves and ask the only One who has any control to help us.
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:22-25).
In the eye of the storm You remain in control
and in the middle of the war You guard my soul.
You alone are the anchor when my sails are torn;
Your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm.