“Who Is In Charge?"
I live in the Dallas area and the headlines the last few days have been filled with news about a terrorist plot to blow up one of our downtown office buildings. Very frightening.
You turn the page and the Health Care debate shakes your day. Accusation and threats spew forth from both sides. Who do you believe? Who can you trust? What is best for us seniors? Very confusing.
You get to the World section of the paper and you see where things are out of control in Afghanistan and Iran is very close to having a nuclear bomb. Suicide bombings are still killing our troops in Iraq. Very sad.
It makes you long for “the good ole’ days.” Back when you could buy a Coke for a nickel. Chase fireflys in the park at night. Walk to the corner drug store for an ice cream cone. You know, back when times were simpler.
But isn’t “simpler” a matter of one’s perspective. Maybe a certain time in our life was better than another but it did not mean the world did not have strife, pain and troubles.
Here’s an example from a national periodical:
“The world is too big for us. Too much going on, too many crimes, too much violence and excitement.”
Sound like a modern commentary? Wrong. It appeared over 170 years ago – June 16, 1833 – in the Atlanta Journal.
How about this headline that appeared in the Boston Globe in 1857… ENERGY CRISIS LOOMS...
The article told how the world may go dark due to a scarcity of whale blubber.
Changes, trouble and fear have always been with mankind. We deal with them, our ancestors dealt with them.
It is not mere chance or blind fate that determines the sweeping changes that impact every generation. Our sovereign God takes full responsibility. He is in charge. He tells us it is He who affects change. And the good news is this: when changes occur, they are never out of His control!
“My times are in thy hand…” - (Psalm 3:15)
If we truly believe that, that God is in control, changes will not be nearly as difficult to accept and deal with.
We must learn to trust and obey, there is no other way. Particularly during very frightening times.