Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.
They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112.6-7
It’s that time again – the nightly news on television. With a mixture of curiosity and dread, I often feel like standing in front of our TV before watching and loudly proclaiming “Jesus is Lord!”
Just to remind myself of who is truly in control of this world. So I can be prompted to trust the Lord when I hear of injustice, pandemic virus, random shootings, or see film footage of grown-ups behaving badly. When controversy and culture-shift cause me to question both the leadership and lordship in this country.
The psalmist says the righteous “will never be shaken” and “have no fear of bad news,” but I confess that I am often shaken to the core. With worry and anxiety about the world my children and grandchildren are inheriting.
British theologian John Stott once said we should approach each day with a Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. God calls us to be in the world but not of the world. So I can’t just ignore the nightly news. Though, I must admit, I have greatly reduced my consumption of news in recent weeks — for my mental and emotional health.
How to maintain this delicate dance of trusting God while living among often untrustworthy voices? The psalmist says the answer lies in having a “steadfast heart.” This word steadfast means to stand firm under difficulty, to never waiver.
May God strengthen our hearts and minds today and always.
Lord, when the world’s news overwhelms and frightens me, may I always remember that You are worthy and in control. Amen.
under the mercy, Lucinda
“Helping You Choose a Life of Serenity and Strength”
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