Make a choice. You have to make a choice....panic or don't panic. Pick your button. In a world going mad we each will respond with the push of a button and our choice to panic or not to panic will be based on some foundational beliefs.
What do you believe about who is in charge of the events of the world around you? Do you believe there is a God who rules the affairs of man or are we on our own? Is there anyone at the helm of the ship or are we all in for a "titanic" event?
Our responses to the world unraveling around us tells us a lot about who we are trusting or if we are trusting anyone at all. Is there any easy button available for a third choice? Is there a God who rules and is in charge of the events of the world around us? Can we trust him as we see the problems the daily news plates for us each day?
Our choices don't affect what happens in the world we live in, but our choices do affect how we respond to the events of the day. A verse I have quoted here often is one that has helped me navigate difficult days. It's a short verse from the writings of David,
The Lord sat as King at the flood;
Yes, the Lord sits as King forever.
In a time when the world was falling apart most literally God was in charge, directing the events of the days. The same is true today. In the midst of all you see and read on a daily basis it's tempting to push the panic button, but wait a moment, don't be in such a hurry to be afraid. If there is a God (and there is), and if he is all powerful (and he is), and if he rules the universe as he claims (and he does), then you simply need to trust him. He will care for you. Don't panic. Push the easy button instead. There is a good God on the throne.
Thank you, wonderful Lord, that you are fully in charge of the events around us that tempt us to panic. Help us change our focus from the events that cause our fears to a glimpse of your love and power. And in that glimpse give us peace to trust you when all around us the world is unraveling.
As the prophet Habakkuk wrote so should we proclaim,
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
The Sovereign Lord is my strength!