Do you remember the story of Chicken Little? He was walking in the barnyard and an acorn hit him on his head. He thought the sky was falling and ran around telling everyone, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” He got everyone into a panic.
It seems everyone from political candidates, to legislators, to preachers, to neighbors are saying the “Sky is falling!”. And I probably have echoed that thought myself. Things seem to be getting bleak. Right is wrong. Wrong is right. Everything is upside down.
But if something fell out of the sky and hit us on the head as it did Chicken Little would we not look up to see where it came from? We’d want to know more about the situation. If for no other reason but curiosity. And it might be good to look to see how I might protect myself and those I love.
While in a devastating (“the famine was server in all the earth”) famine, Jacob and his sons wondered what to do about it – trying to make a plan. Jacob said to his sons, “Why are you staring at one another?…I have heard there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy some for us…so that we might live and not die.”
These days we seem to stare at one another (or the TV) – looking for a solution.
Well, it might be good to look up! Psalms 121 says, “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from whence shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Isaiah 45:22 says, “Turn to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God and there is no other.” The prophet Micah wrote, “But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy (anxiety, fear). Though I fall I will rise; though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me.”
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
Therefore will we not fear, though the earth should change, And though the mountains be shaken into the heart of the seas Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, Though the mountains tremble with the swelling thereof.” (Psalms 46:1-22)
Yes, look up and see the mighty, sovereign, loving God sitting on His throne. He’s got it all under control.
Sister Ruth, our pastor wife gave me your book in every pew sits a broken heart. thank you for pointing us to Jesus in time like this. We learn to press on in Jesus knowing the uncertainty of the storm is waiverin on us yet we will cling on our Lord and Savior tighly.
You might enjoy my book, Fear Not Tomorrow, God Is Already There. And there is a devotional by the same title.
God bless you.
Reminds me of Peter, when he started to sink in the sea. Peter looked up to Jesus. Jesus lifted Peter up and I am so very, very grateful He lifts us up. As a little ‘by the way’…visited an outdoor chapel in South Carolina called “Pretty Place” that has the verse from Psalm 121 engraved on a beam up over a beautiful view of the mountains. It was a wonderful location to look up to God.
It sounds lovely and so very appropriate!
God bless you.
This is excellent! I read your every post and have all of your books. I hope to hear you speak sometime.
God bless you~
You are an encouragement to me.