Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Remember where your help comes from.

If anyone reads this, you'll soon see that it's not original, but it still might be important. If anyone out there is feeling frightened by the Swine Flu threat, and all the media hype about it,remember: things like this have happened before. And what was true then is still true.
Some utterly shocking and horrifying things can happen in this world - but human beings can be completley safe and protected from them.
God sees all and He cares. I can identify with people who are worried, because I'm a worrier myself. But there are answers, places to go for reassurance.
King David, who wrote the psalms, seems to have experienced the full range of human emotions, including fear. And he put his reassurance into words for others.
Psalm 91 says:
verse 2:"I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
My God in Whom I trust.
verse 3: Surely He will save you from the fowler's snare,
and from the DEADLY PESTILENCE. (emphasis added).

Several times in the last few years, it's been said that the world is 'overdue' for another influenze pandemic, like the horror that swept through it in 1918-19.
Add this thought to the global recession, and the wars happening now, and it would be possible to lose all hope. That is what the evil one wants: loss of hope, loss of faith in God. Despair. And the evil one should be denied that satisfaction.

"A thousand might fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you."
If you read more of the same psalm, you see it talks about the punishment of the wicked. It is not my place to howl at people about their sins being judged. It is just for me to be thankful that God cares and will uphold us.
We need not fear. We need only to watch. Whether the Lord comes soon or in many more years, He is not unaware or uncaring. Fearful things might happen in this world, but God has not forgotten or abandoned us.
For whatever it is worth, may I wish you all God's blessings. In all your ways trust Him, and He will make straight your paths.


Tamela's Place said...


I can be a worrier as well but God is delivering me from this and each day gets better i find myself worrying a lot less than i was last year. The scriptures that you have listed are some that i stand upon and i am learning to totally trust and surrender all to the Lord who loves us sooo very much!

Farrah said...

Wonderful scriptures! I, too, was a little worried. I decided I needed to read the news less and focus on serving the Lord more. :-) That helped!

Andrew Clarke said...

As you say, Tamela, with time passing I learn not to worry because I've seen God 'come through' in crises instead of leaving me mired in disaster. It is easier to trust with your faith is born out by experience.

Andrew Clarke said...

I see what you mean, Farrah. The media is not controlled by Christians and it can be deliberatley alarmist, or its reporters prone to fear because they do not know God. As you say, if we trust and believe the fears can't so easily get near us.

JMMEE said...

Well written words of hope and of encouragement - a reminder that we can trust in He who created all to be with us in the good times - AND the bad.
Although the secular news-mongers may sound a clamor of panic, God is still on the throne and He is still in control. He will never leave us or forake us. We need only to rest in that truth.
Blessings to you, Andrew!

jel said...

hey Andrew,
how ya doing?

Prisioner of the Suburbs said...

Thnaks so much for your support! And I agree that God guides us through all, and with him we shall fear not even the impossible.