The Thing about Disturbing News…
by Noah Hefley
January 16, 2021
Ok, I’m back! It feels good to return—and I have missed writing to you via this blog and sharing with you from the pulpit on Sundays. I have definitely missed my Church Family and can hardly wait to see you this Sunday! But I will tell you one thing I will not miss—the quarantine! A quarantine is just the worst—especially during the holidays. Can I get a witness? Many of you have been through it as well and you know what I’m talking about. Yeah, it’s not fun. I suppose it wouldn’t be so bad if you didn’t have to do it alone…it’s a shame that all of us who had to quarantine couldn’t all quarantine together! That would have been a lot more fun!
This time alone recently afforded me more time to keep up with current events in our nation and around the world. The more I think about it, I think that was not such a good thing! Honestly, there is a lot of disturbing news…The thing about disturbing news is that it’s so disturbing!
I heard about one fellow who declined a cup of coffee saying he didn’t drink the stuff anymore. When asked why, he simply said, “Because I don’t care to be that wide awake in this kind of world.” (Yeah, we may all need to go decaffeinated).
Personally, how do you respond to all the craziness around us? Do you ever feel like hibernating for a season just like some animals do? For example, the Arctic ground squirrel shuts itself off from the outside world for a season and its body temperature drops to 42 degrees. Its heart rate drops to a few beats per minute, and electrical activity in the brain all but stops. The animal’s blood supply to its outer extremities is constricted and its primary circulation is concentrated in the more vulnerable heart and brain. How about you? Are you tempted to “hole up” from the world because of the disturbing things around you?
If that is your tendency (or mine) then perhaps we should remind ourselves that the world has not really changed and the rules have not been altered. This world has been in a downward spiral since the Fall in the Garden of Eden. It’s not going to get better on its own. But God still has a redemptive plan in place and He is still in charge! Our main job is not to look around but to look up!
The psalmist spoke of a disturbing time when all would be tempted to fear because of threatening circumstances that would make it seem as though the earth would give way and the mountains fall into the midst of the sea, the waters roar and be troubled, and the mountains quake with their shaking. He said, even then, we should not fear because God is our refuge and strength. Instead, we should Be still and know that He is God! (Psalm 46: 1-3, 10).
Truly, we should always work to make the world around us a better place while, at the same time, realizing that some things are out of our control. But that’s okay. God is still on His throne! He has everything under control! He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings! Let this be your heart-felt conviction and your focused attention!
So pray for a calm response to the situation around you. Scripture reminds us, “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: In quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15). Remember this: Disturbing situations may remain disturbing as long as you are disturbed. Calm minds produce calm responses and have calming results. Let the Sovereign Lord bring calm to your mind! Meditate on this:
“I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:8).
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