I switch on the TV to watch the evening news with my husband. The headlines are paraded on the screen.
Floods kill hundreds… Typhoon leaves more than 30 dead… Woman shoots husband… Armed men kill victims in robbery hold-up… Two more die of dengue… 5 soldiers are killed during an encounter with rebels… Twelve-year-old girl raped by own grandfather…
And so on, as my husband and I look at each other, and I lament, “Don’t they have anything to report except bad news?”
The news varies in content and detail everyday but the theme is almost always the same – bad. Indeed, we are living in perilous times.
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blaspehemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. (2 Tim. 3:1-4)
But we know this. We have been warned by the Lord that these things shall surely come:
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass…
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Mat. 24:6-8)
The Lord mentioned pestilences. In the Philippines, numbers have died of dengue fever (sickness brought by mosquito bite and is often fatal), most of them children. No one is really safe, but I hold on to the promise of God – that He is a shield and a strong tower to His people, His very own children, even as we continue to pray and implore the Lord to take away this plague from our country and save all those that are suffering from it in the hospitals and homes.
When we focus our eyes on the terrifying events around us, our hearts grow faint, and fears and worries invade even our sleeping hours. Peter began in faith when he desired to walk on the water to go to the Lord. But when he shifted his gaze from the Lord Jesus to the strong wind and waves around him, he became scared and began to sink (Mat. 14:28-31).
The same thing happens to us when we let the events that happen around us deviate our focus off of the Lord. Fears reign over us and we become faint in our faith, thus, we lose our confidence in God.
But rather, let these events drive us ever closer to God, for in Him there is protection and deliverance. Let His promises be alive in our lives, more than ever, and embrace them ever tighter in unwavering faith.
I leave you this beautiful song about looking unto Jesus steadfastly no matter what.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
May we have a peaceful week, my dear friends, touched by the Lord Jesus, as we look upon Him through His Word and in the quiet moments spent in His sweet, holy presence.
This post is linked to Walk with Him Wednesday, Proverbs 31 Thursdays, Spiritual Sundays, The Beauty in His Grip, Domestically Divine, Women Living Well, Women in the Word Wednesday, Raising Homemakers