Monday, June 25, 2012

The News of the Day

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.  But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him." (Matthew 24:42-44, NIV)

Want to get your heart racing without exercise?  Listen to the latest news of the day.  Drought and fire plague one part of the nation while hurricanes and floods threaten another.  Terrorists become rulers in foreign nations while we face corruption with some of our own officials.  Humans commit unspeakable acts against one another, and we wonder what is becoming of this world.

In the book of Matthew, Chapter 24, Jesus discusses the "end times" and his return to earth.  Many of the things we face in our current culture are the same issues beleaguering humans over 2,000 years ago.  Hearts tremble over false leaders and wars.  But there is a prevailing admonition Jesus seems to offer amidst the dread.

Never stop being in good relationship with God.  The only hope we have in a hopeless world is to be plugged in to our Savior.  This will keep us from getting caught off guard.  The truth will never be far from us.  We can live without regrets.  The rest is superfluous.

Today, as I watch, all eyes in our nation turned towards the Supreme Court as they anxiously await a ruling on the Affordable Care Act.  I know where my focus needs to be.  It is easy for a parent of a child with expensive health concerns to become nervous about critical care.  Still, no matter what the outcome, God is on the throne.  My focus and perseverance needs to be fixed on Christ alone.

How are you doing with that?

Pray:  Lord, it is so easy to become overwhelmed by the news of the day.  Help me to keep my eyes fixed on You, and stop worrying about the rest.

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