O'er The Tumult

It’s alright, you can smile.  If you are one of the ones who never heard of the word you can simply remember that I am not as young as you and it comes from an old hymn; one which the Lord brought to my mind because He already knows the way the world is turning and He also knows the answers to the questions many are asking in these confusing days.

To save you some trouble I will tell you what the dictionary says – “the commotion, disturbance, or agitation of a multitude; any violent commotion or agitation, as of the mind.”  I think you will agree with me, even if you have peace, that there are many in this world who long for peace and it seems to be increasingly evident that we will probably have very little of it until something drastic happens.  If you think about it, it does seem a shame that a society advanced in so many things cannot simply enjoy what we have and love one another and the Lord who has provided for us beyond what we have any right to expect.

It would seem that we, as a people, have not learned very much over the years.  Even in the days of the Old Testament tumult was not uncommon.  In Samuel, we find Eli who was ninety-eight years old and his eyes were so dim that he could not see (1:4:15).  A messenger came from the battle line and told him Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has been a great slaughter among the people.  Also your two sons….are dead; and the ark of God has been captured  (1:4:17).  In Kings, we find Isaiah sending a message to Hezekiah relaying God’s message saying Because your rage against Me and your tumult have come up to My ears, therefore I will put My hook in your nose and My bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way which you came (2:19:28).

It would seem things have never changed permanently for mankind in spite of the fact that God finally sent His Son to set us straight and we all know that story.  Evil is what causes tumult and until we can see that for ourselves we will never, either as individuals or a nation, be able to have the peace that we desire; the one that resides in our innermost beings.

At this point you might be saying to yourself that you cannot create this change in mankind.  Yes, that is true, but you can become a part of the plan to change things.  You can replace the fear within yourself with deep seated joy.  Even the simplest people who are little in many eyes can have the greatest joy in life because joy is one of the things the Lord gives us to carry us through the hard times; it is His joy, His gift, His plan for His children.

Also, you probably know from your own experience that joy seems to beget joy.  It is hard not to let joy affect your life in such a way that you think better, you act better and people see the joy which the Lord gives you and want that for themselves.

Do you think it possible at this late date to make the changes necessary to have a world of not only peace, but joy; a world in which we can look forward to a new day dawning, a time in which the people around us will want what we seem to have.  Why don’t we just give it a try?

Jesus calls us o’er the tumult of our life’s wild, restless sea, day by day His sweet voice soundeth, saying “Christian, follow Me.”  Jesus calls us from the worship of the vain world’s golden store, from each idol that would keep us, saying, “Christian, love Me more.”  Jesus calls us by Thy mercies, Saviour, may we hear Thy call, give our hearts to Thy obedience, serve and love Thee best of all.

           

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA