Last week was one of those weeks we would rather not relive. Innocent lives were snuffed out in a matter of seconds. Many lives will never be the same again. Most of us watched from the comfort of our homes. Much of what we learned was given as tidbits over the period of several days, but the media held us in the palm of their hands. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against the reporting of news. But to block out hours upon hours of seeing the same explosions. The powers that be, were afraid to let us go because something new might crop up at any moment. Be that as it may, the more we watched, the more some people became fearful. You see, I believe the general thrust of media in the US wants us to live in fear. Our country has become anxiety ridden because we see horrific things happen almost at the moment they happen. I am not purporting that we put our heads in the sand and pretend everything is hunky dory when it isn’t. But before we had media which allows us to see anything or everything, we had to read about it or watch newsreels that had been taken weeks before. It kept us from truly viewing the immediacy of death and destruction.
I was a teenager during the Viet Nam war. It was the first war that one could tune into at supper time and see the tragic loss of life in another part of the world. At the time, it didn’t affect me too much. I had a few distant relatives and a couple of class mates who went to Viet Nam, but I seemingly didn’t feel the impact of what was going on. Fast forward twenty years; I’m substitute teaching in a high school history class. The assignment is to watch a documentary about the Viet Nam war and it shows actual clips from news stories. In a darkened room with high school juniors, a woman sat in the back of the room and wept tears.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and I believe it. This cartoon was on Facebook a few days ago. I liked it so much that I’m including it here. However there is something else we can do that is not depicted in this cartoon. We can read our Bibles, specifically verses which talk about not being fearful. When we put our trust in God, we have nothing to fear. Some would say one is putting their head in the sand, but I would disagree.
In conclusion I am going to share a few of those verses. Yes, they are taken out of context but I think you will see a theme emerge from them.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You (God) are with me.
The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears (shows reverence) to
the Lord is to be praised.
Say to those with anxious heart, take courage, fear not. Behold your God will come with vengeance; the recompense of God will come, but He will save you.
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears in not perfected in love.
The last bit of verse is from Joshua chapter 1. Moses has just died and Joshua has been given the awesome responsibility of leading the Israelites into the promised land. Listen to what God speaks to Joshua: Verse 6 &7-‘Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and courageous; be carefull to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. …Verse 9-Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
I could give insights into each of these verses. However, I think you get the gist of what I’m trying to share. God will be with us wherever we are, whatever circumstance we are in and as long as we keep our focus on Him, we have nothing to fear.