Opening up the news this week was like being on the receiving end of a quadruple gut-punch. Across the global and national landscape are wars and rumors of wars, famines and earthquakes, people proceeding from bad to worse, and the love of pleasure over the love of God.
And then, as many of you can relate, opening up my email was no more soothing. Locally, many of us are witnessing people shipwreck their faith, making their belly their god, glorying in their shame, and holding to a form of godliness, but denying its power, to name a few things. Pile on that the personal trials many of us are experiencing right now, and it’s almost too much.
“Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7).
Certainly these are times when sparks are soaring.
But how do we keep our minds from going off the deep-end? Here are a few reminders to tether our thoughts in times of profuse spark-ascending:
- The God of the Bible is in complete control.
“The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!” (Ps 99:1)
More than knowing what is going to happen, he reigns over what happens. He possesses a general sovereignty over all things. Which means he also possesses a specific sovereignty over all things.
And our ability to perceive this truth, in the battles and the pain and the darkness of it all, is not bearing upon the fact. God is not pacing the thrown room of heaven. He’s seated, relaxed, and reigning.
- God is not indifferent to it all.
“Jesus wept” (John 11:35).
Our Lord shed tears for a more loving reason than his friend, Lazarus, had died. He wept over the progenitor of his death, and everyone else’s. Every tragedy, including death, has sin as its ultimate mother. Our Lord grieves it.