When you want to know what is going on in a school system, you go to the authority…the one who’s in charge of the programs, has the power, knows the most, and devises the policies. You don’t go to the third graders, get their reports and take them as the all encompassing views and truths of what is going on. We also don’t let e third graders determine the strategies and methods to educate our society.
The media is like the third graders in both understanding and authority. The media relentlessly proclaim bad news for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This steady diet of their fare can sicken you. Instead of focusing on their fickle, ever-changing, bad-news broadcasts, tune into the living Word – the one who is always the same. He is the authority, all-knowing one we need to pursue for explanations, comfort, and wisdom.
Because we need quick explanations, want the hurt to go away now, are too lazy to think through multiple aspects of a situation, have amnesia for occurrences of the past, and resist developing our spiritual antennae, we get sucked into letting the world and the media at is in our face, 24/7, be our guide and authority.
Today, turn the tube off early and pick up your Bible. Let the Holy Scripture saturate your mind and heart…this will help you walk steadily, step by step, along the path of life. Even though you do not know what will happen tomorrow, you can be absolutely sure He is walking side by side with you and assurance of your ultimate destination. Big decision, the Bible or the TV for your peace and guidance.
Dear Father God, I am full of fear today. I am in the midst of another storm. I turn to Your Word and I find assurance. I pray that the assurance which comes from Your Word soak into my mind and heart until I overflow with Your Joy, not my fleshly fear. I know that peace is Your continual gift to me; thank You, Lord. I know that You have designed me to need You moment by moment. It is when I take my eyes off You that fear and anxiety creep into my life. I approach Your throne of grace with confidence and trust and ask for Your peace. I pray this in the name of the one who is my lighthouse, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.