Who’s in Charge around here?
When we hear something on the news or over the radio about a disturbing or terrible event or breaking development, we often (if just for a moment) experience a sense of panic. While a heightened sense of awareness in times of distress or tragedy is normal and sometimes beneficial, allowing that to spiral downward into despair or worry is harmful to our well-being, and spiritually wrong.
The Word tells us to: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7), to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, anddo not lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5). It also says things like, “for God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7).
These are but a handful of Scriptures that teach that God is in control, and the Bible is full of other such passages that encourage us to trust God. So, why do we so quickly and so readily worry? Many would say that it is just “human nature” to worry and that it is just an extension of the “fight or flight” response of our sympathetic nervous system to a perceived attack or threat to our survival. However, I believe that there is a much deeper and spiritual context to be explored.
Our enemy, the devil, wants us to doubt God. He wants us to doubt His promises and forget about His faithfulness. When we start to wonder whether or not God can take care of us, then we begin to focus more on ourselves as the source of our help, and not our God.
“My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:2)
In the world we live in, and the times as they are, we must remember…and be reminded of what we read in 1 Samuel 2:
(1 Samuel 2:6-9)
6The Lord gives both death and life; he brings some down to the grave but raises others up.
7The Lord makes some poor and others rich; he brings some down and lifts others up.
8He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump.
He sets them among princes, placing them in seats of honor.
For all the earth is the Lord’s, and he has set the world in order.
9“He will protect his faithful ones, but the wicked will disappear in darkness.
No one will succeed by strength alone.
In all of our lives, and in every situation we face, may we always remember and take comfort in these words from God’s Word: (1 Samuel 2:8c)
FOR ALL THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S
AND HE HAS SET THE WORLD IN ORDER