…in a world of uncertainty.
Crisis. Seems like everyday we are faced with a new crisis or uncertainty. Tossing and turning, sleep eludes me, as I get caught up stewing about events I can’t control. So what is the answer? Do I shut off the news reports? I know I want to “bury my head in the sand” and keep to the adage “no news is good news”.
But should we allow the events in the world to take away our peace, hope and joy of living? How can we get past the fear and the uncertainty that comes with them? I don’t claim to have the answers, but I would like to share what I have learned from the wisest of men.
Listen to the right voice
People call to us from every side. “Listen to me, I know best.” My Facebook feed is filled with the latest news and varying opinions about it. They can’t all be right. Yet, their reasoning sounds so convincing. How can I know who to listen to?
We need to listen to the voice of godly wisdom. Wisdom that speaks peaceably, with gentleness, reasonableness, mercy, that is unwavering yet without hypocrisy. James 3:17
He who listens to me shall live securely
And be at ease from the dread of evil. Proverbs 1:33
Know what to keep
Y2K… stock up on everything you need because life as you know will end!
We were told that all things computerized would malfunction on January 1, 2000 at 12:01 a.m.! I wasn’t convinced of this, but we did keep large jugs filled with water, a stocked pantry and a gas power generator. Because of the uncertainty of this world, what are you keeping just in case…cash under your mattress, cans of spam in your basement, or guns in your nightstand drawer?
… do not lose sight of these—
keep sound wisdom and discretion,
and they will be life for your soul
and adornment for your neck.
Then you will walk on your way securely,
and your foot will not stumble.
If you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Do not be afraid of sudden terror
or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,
for the Lord will be your confidence…
Chose the right path
Uncertainty and fear can lead us to take short-cuts, an “easy way out” of a situation. Doing what is right, not in our sight, but in God’s is the only way to find peace and security when less than honest ways look so appealing.
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely,
but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out. Proverbs 10:9
So what…What are you willing to do to live securely? Are you willing to seek out God’s wisdom and no longer trust in the world’s faulty wisdom? Are you willing to loosen your grip on things that are only of this world and keep a hold of what has eternal value? Are you willing to live a life of righteousness, even if you feel like you are on that path alone, others are against you?
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14