I can hardly force myself to watch the news anymore. Every headline screams of scandalous politics, excessive immorality, abominable acts our government has allowed, and innumerable stories of crimes, murders, and wars.
I’m an optimist by nature, but in the shadow of all this commotion, I tend to get discouraged with the world.
When I get like this, the first thing I do is turn off the TV! (and get a snack, of course)
The second thing I do is go to the Lord.
And the third thing I do is sing Louis Armstrong’s endearing song, “It’s a Wonderful World.”
For me, this seems to put things back into prospective.
In this world of turmoil and uncertainty, we need to keep our eyes on the One who can contain the whole world in the palm of His hand (Isaiah 40:12).
Like Peter walking on the water with Jesus, we are surrounded by a tumultuous sea. To look around and see how much trouble we could be in, if we were out there by ourselves, would cause us to slip deeper and deeper into the turmoil.
However, if we keep our eyes on God and trust His way, we stay atop of the chaos and look toward the work He has for us.
No matter what happens this side of heaven, God has it all under His control.
“Do you not know?
Do you not hear?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
And spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
Who brings princes to nothing,
And makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
The Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
And to him who has no might He increases strength.”
Isaiah 40:21-23, 28-29
Food for Thought
The great prophet Isaiah tells us in these passages that God is everlasting, the Creator of all living things, and that His understanding is too great for us.
Because of His greatness, it’s hard for us to understand why He would pay any attention to us or our problems. But God does. (remember…His understanding is unsearchable for us)
God loved us enough to fix the broken relationship that has been caused by our sin.
In Isaiah’s own words he said of God, “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength.”
Places to ponder:
I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!
–How do you find peace when everything around you is in such an uproar?
–Do you have a favorite Bible verse to go to?
–It’s hard to be positive when things are so crazy. Is there someone you can go to and help you talk things out?
–Or do you like to write things down and keep them between you and God?
Please share your thoughts in the comment section, I would really love to hear from you. 🙂