One needs to look neither hard nor far to hear of bad news. All it takes is a few minutes of listening to the radio, a quick glimpse at the television news, or a brief glance at a newspaper. It would be easy to give in to the temptation to think that the world is falling apart. Today alone, I read of a New York Congressman who posted lewd pictures to his Twitter account, five U. S. soldiers were killed in an attack in central Iraq, a mother in New York was sentenced to seventeen years behind bars for burning her six year old daughter during a voodoo ritual, three women in New Jersey were arrested for stealing markers from three hundred and eighty veterans’ graves, Japan has admitted to a full meltdown at three of its nuclear reactors, the deadliest E coli outbreak in modern history is spreading throughout Europe and, if that weren’t enough, thieves in West Roxbury, MA stole a disabled dog’s wheelchair!
How should a Christian respond to such news? Sadly, many have hearts filled with anxiety and minds full of worry. Their outward appearance portrays inner thoughts of doom and gloom. Have they forgotten that God is still on His throne? Have they failed to remember that God is still ruling in men’s affairs?
There is not one thing that happened today without God allowing it to take place! God has not taken his eyes off us nor has he become indifferent to our troubles. “This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men” Daniel 4:17 (King James Version).
Let not your heart be troubled! God is still on His throne and in control!