“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.” – Psalm 28:7
Sometimes when I turn on the television to catch up on current events, my heart sinks into my lap. It just seems as though there is never enough good news to go around. Planes are crashing, people are missing, and horrible tragedies are taking place. I was watching the news about the fires in Fort McMurray thinking, “When will it all end?” How can we continue to have joy in our lives when all this is happening in the world? When we have no idea what tomorrow is going to bring! (Deuteronomy 31:8, Matthew 6:25-34)) What impressed me was how the entire country responded to such an event. Canada, like the body of Christ, binds together and does what they can to help the hurting part of the body. The bible says when one part of the body hurts the whole body hurts. When one part of the body rejoices, so does the rest. (1 Corinthians 12:26) Thank the Lord for the wonderful Canada we have. God keep our land.
“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” – 1 Corinthians 12:26
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.” – Matthew 6:25-34
We are to be the salt and light of the world for others that don’t know God. (Matthew 5:13-16) How do we do this? Become that town on a hill that cannot be hidden, to help the hurting when we ourselves are hurting. To exercise that peace that goes beyond all understanding. (Philippians 4:7) These events around us certainly seem to line up with end of the world prophesy that we hear about constantly, time seems to move so fast. It just seems to create a sense of anxiety, and a sense of insecurity in our world. If you are a victim of the fire, or have been victim of any tragedy, the Lord has a word for you.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” – Isaiah 43:2
It is when we put our trust in things other than God and, place them in the world, that anxiety and desperation set in. We try to take matters into our own hands, only to realize we are helpless in our own might. It is not by might or power, but by the spirit of the living God. (Zechariah 4:7) When we come across such feelings, immediately pray and give them to God, for they are not of God, but of the enemy of the world. The only really peace, strength, and security can come when we place our trust in the creator of the world, not with man. Let’s keep praying for Fort McMurray and anyone else that might be suffering similar tragedy and loss. That God will show them beauty for ashes.