I sat there in front of my laptop, filled with frightened awe. The images before me caused my knees to quiver, tears to form in my eyes, and my reality to be shaken.
“Why, God? Why is there so much evil and destruction in this world? Why do people set out to destroy lives, families, and Your creation?”
Even though I know the answer, it’s normal for questions to arise.
From the result in the garden with Adam and Eve, I beheld at my computer that night the reality of a present fallen world.
Studying Revelation this year in Bible Study Fellowship, I’m perceiving how the state of this world is marked in the words of scripture. Ten years ago it didn’t look like this. Not even five years ago. It’s alarming. It’s bothersome. What God said will happen is happening. It shakes me to my core.
But even so, I know truth. I know without a shadow of a doubt–maybe now more than ever–that God is in complete and total control. Even when the world looks like it’s spinning out of it. He’s still sitting on the throne.
I also know I am not the only one who has been recently shaken in watching the events of terror happen throughout the world. It’s easy to fear and tremble. It’s easy to get concerned and anxious. But may I remind us all, we aren’t left to fend for ourselves. We aren’t alone.
God’s got us.
When I become fearful, my tendency is to turn toward the Psalms. Psalm 16 is the one I opened that fearful evening. Here it is in The Message translation:
Keep me safe, O God,
I’ve run for dear life to you.
I say to God, “Be my Lord!”
Without you, nothing makes sense.
And these God-chosen lives all around—
what splendid friends they make!
Don’t just go shopping for a god.
Gods are not for sale.
I swear I’ll never treat god-names
My choice is you, God, first and only.
And now I find I’m your choice!
You set me up with a house and yard.
And then you made me your heir!
The wise counsel God gives when I’m awake
is confirmed by my sleeping heart.
Day and night I’ll stick with God;
I’ve got a good thing going and I’m not letting go.
I’m happy from the inside out,
and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed.
You canceled my ticket to hell—
that’s not my destination!
Now you’ve got my feet on the life path,
all radiant from the shining of your face.
Ever since you took my hand,
I’m on the right way.
Friend, He’s got your hand (and mine) in His. With Him we have nothing to fear. With Him we know it’s all going to be okay.
No matter what fear you are facing today, you aren’t alone in it.
Allow God to replace your shaken reality with His peace, comfort, and love.
He’s got us.
I’m praying for us all today.
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