[CF Devotionals] 2010-03-18 - That Would Make the News

Psa 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah. (NASB)

Almost everyone I know who watches the news complains about what they see presented on the news. The ones who don't complain don't watch the news. Between the police chases, murders, robberies and so much bad news there is the one piece of good news saved for the end. It seems that good news is so hard to find or so good news is so uninteresting that it is relegated to the last corner.

Look at the news in these verses. Mountains sliding into the middle of the ocean - could be a massive earthquake and the landslide of a mountain side would cause a massive tidal wave - the waters roar and foam. This sounds like the Indonesian earthquake or the recent one in Chile but on a larger scale. It doesn't sound like good news at all.

That would make the news.

But look at what comes first. God is our place of safety and, not the source of our strength, but He is our strength. He will fight for us. We have been promised many things. God is in control. Even when things appear to be just in utter chaos, He is there. We can be His hands and feet, but He is our strength. He is what makes it possible for us to go. We have been promised that nothing can take us from His hand. We may suffer many things, but if we are His children our eternal destiny is settled. We will open our eyes in Heaven with every wound and scar mended.

But that won't make the news.

The world rails against the church of Christ that wants to share the best news anyone could ask to hear. And that's really as bad as it might seem. Life often seems unfair, unjust and not good at all. Keep walking. If you see someone struggling help them if you can - bear one another's burdens. Prayer is powerful. A cup of coffee and an ear are a balm to a struggling heart. Eventually that cup of cold water is going to get to the people who are railing in their time of need. That just might open a door to share who Christ really is. Words have traction backed up by consistent action. Some times it takes years. Some times we never see the end.

Pray. Read. Walk.

The one piece of news that will matter the most in our lives will be to stand before the God and hear, "Well done good and faithful servant." The last word in the verse is "Selah." It means to consider or to ponder what was just said or done. There are two things to consider. The first is to ponder God's protection and strength compared to the bad news listed and be amazed. The second is to consider what it would be worth to hear those words as you stand before the throne for the first time.


Grace & Peace,

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