Some things never change; just people, dates and times change. People still worry. People are still afraid of the unknown. Hearts still get broken. People still need someone greater than themselves. There is a silver lining in all disasters because the things we worry about; the things we don't understand, are all subject to change. The things we worry so much about rarely happens, or if it does, we somehow survive it.
In the 20th century, Dr. Frank Crane wrote, "Life is not a fixed point. Life is a stream, ever flowing. It is a moving picture continually unfolding. It is a strange tale. There will yet be another chapter after this." (An excerpt from Dr. Frank Crane, a renown Presbyterian minister, and author of Four-Minute Essays). He pretty well explains life in the 21st Century as well as every century since the beginning of time.
Extremism seems to be the vogue word of the day and that scares a large portion of our population. Let me tell you, it's meant to cause us anxiety and fear. I recently heard a commentator talking about the expected increase in goods. (I have no idea who he was or what channel he was on. I was simply driving down the road listening to the radio). He was explaining how, in the coming year, the store shelves would be emptier, gas prices would keep us home and insurance and hospital costs will be so cost prohibitive that it will cause untold suffering because we can't get the meds we need. He said if we could get goods, the prices will be so high most people won't be able to get all the things they need. Then, he proceeded to say economist are expecting a five percent increase in most goods and a one percent increase in alcohol.
My immediate thought was, "Are you're kidding me?" His extremist rhetoric had my heart pounding and my instincts saying, "Run immediately to the store and stock up before you can't get toilet paper"! My next thought was, "How can Christ followers avoid all the anxiety the media tries to put on us?" He was intentionally trying to instill fear in his audience and then at the very end, admitted it may not be as bad as he thought. When we hear things like that, there is just one way to not fall into their trap and that's Jesus. In the Bible, King David said, "When I am afraid, I will trust in thee" (Psalms 56:3).
In Ephesians 5, the Bible tells us we are Children of Light, but what does it mean to live as children of light in a very disquieted world? Paul explained that it's our responsibility to read the Scripture and find out what pleases the Lord and do it. He said have nothing to do with fruitless deeds of darkness. Redeem the time (be fruitful) because the times are evil.
In these evil and troubling times, the greatest challenge for Christians is the indifference of the faithful. We talk about an upside-down world, but how much are we praying for a positive change? I believe prayer still has the power to make change and it's going to take perseverance in prayer to be an overcomer during the fearful times we live in. When Job lost all, I don't find anywhere in Scripture where God had a problem blessing him with twice as much as he had before all the disasters. Life is not a fixed point! Things do pass and things do change.
God didn't change, but Job did. Job changed his prospective on who God was. He recognized God was more than able to take care of him in the worst of times. In these scary, extremely perplexing times, God has not changed. When we are afraid, we can still trust Him. As long as we have breath, we have hope if we trust in God, the Creator of heaven and earth. You're not stuck where you are with no hope of change.