You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)
It’s hard in today’s world with media coverage of every leaf that falls to the ground (well, almost) not to get wrapped up in all that is going on around us. Let’s see. . . there are politics, the middle east, our national allies and enemies, the cost of gasoline, the plight of the sea turtle, human trafficking, global warming, the latest contagious disease, the housing market, and the insurgence of immigrants (legal and illegal) just for starters. Wow! This is enough to keep you in your bed in the morning! Why get up and go out? Why do anything but bury your head in the sand and hope for the best.
When my husband died a few years ago, I could not have cared less about what was going on in the world. I didn’t watch the news for months. I didn’t read the newspaper. I wasn’t lost in depression. I was dealing with the death of the dearest on earth to me and in so doing, I drew closer and closer to the Lord for his particular brand of comfort. BTW, God is the God of ALL comfort. Whatever you need, he’s got it. Just go to him. He’ll pick you up and give you what you need (II Cor. 1:3-4).
So, it was months before I paid attention to the news and here is what I learned: it’s kind of like a soap opera. If you miss it for a few days, just stay tuned and they’ll fill you in with what you’ve missed and pretty soon you’ll realize you don’t even need to keep up.
This isn’t about burying your head in the sand. It’s about focusing on the primary thing.
As Christians, we are called to keep our focus on the prize of the high calling of God. What does that mean? It means focusing on the unchanging, eternal, all powerful, all knowing, everywhere-present God who is, by the way, our Father! This is not practicing religion. This is building relationship. This is focusing on the SOLUTION without getting involved in the drama/trauma/media hype that surrounds the current issues
Maybe a review of who you really are will be helpful. Remember:
(1) You are bought with a price and are therefore not your own, I Cor. 6:19-20;
(2) You are a citizen of heaven, (no wonder you feel out of place!) Phil. 3:20;
(4) You are an ambassador for Christ and are on assignment here on earth, II Cor. 5:20;
(5) Your every need is provided. Our heavenly Father takes care of his own. Phil. 4:19.
Finally, Philippians 4:8 delivers a list of things on which to meditate that will keep you in perfect peace and level headed when those around you are struggling, tossed to and fro by the latest news events.
Copyright 2018 Jean Birckhead