“Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?” (Job 38:8–11, NIV 1984).
So the LORD sent a plague on Israel from that morning until the end of the time designated, and seventy thousand of the people from Dan to Beersheba died. When the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the LORD was grieved because of the calamity and said to the angel who was afflicting the people, “Enough! Withdraw your hand.” (2 Samuel 24:15–16, NIV 1984).
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:25–27, NIV 1984).
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthews 10:27–28, NIV 1984).
My Musings – So what does keep you up at night? What are the things that you worry and fret about? Have they added “a single hour to his life?” These are troubled times for sure. Not as troubled as they will become as Christ’s return grows close, but troubled nonetheless. But one thing we should never lose sight of is that God is still on His throne, He is still sovereign. Troubled times come and go throughout history, a consequence of the fall. But just like the “proud waves” God can say, and often has, “this far you may come and no farther!” Or like the He commanded the angel afflicting Israel, “Enough! Withdraw your hand.”
We may never know why certain troubled times come into our world. And like Frodo, we may “wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” (The Fellowship of the Ring – Tolkien).
So what do we do with the time that is given us, especially in such troubled times? We need not fear the times or the trouble. Concern yes, but fear, no. For such things can only “kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
My Advice – Remember, no matter what we face, God is Sovereign. If you know Jesus Christ you have nothing to fear, not even fear itself.