I’ve always been one to read the news.
My parents regularly read the newspaper and discussed local and national events. They encouraged us to follow suit (although I admit that when I was a youngster you would be more likely to find me pressing my silly putty into the comic strips and admiring my work). I learned quickly that the well-read person must be up on the latest happenings.
Up until fairly recently, on any given day I could describe the amount of drop in the stock markets worldwide, political and military moves between nations, and notable changes within society.
Now? I just can’t continue with such an in-depth reading of the news.
When I was much younger, television was the main source of our world news. It provided a small but limited window on these events, such as the Iran hostage crisis of 1979. With the rise of the internet, we have instant access to unlimited reports, tweets, videos, and articles. It becomes somewhat overwhelming and a job of its own to keep up with everything.
Too, as the world seems to become more chaotic and dark, I feel the need to lean more into God’s word. Although I still keep apprised of worldwide trends, my main focus now is reading the Bible and developing my relationship with Him.
The result is that by focusing on God’s word and His promises, I worry less than when I regularly looked around me at the growing chaos described in the daily news. As the world grows scarier, I know that God is still here. He is in control, and with Him, there is nothing to fear.
And that’s encouragement during uncertain times.
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.