Thursday, February 18, 2021

Pastor's Ponderings, 2 18 2021

The Headlines Are Bad But God Is Good

In the February 12, 2021 edition of the website Neoscope, Victor Tangermann wrote an article entitled, “Bill Gates Says The Next Horrible Virus Could Be Engineered By Terrorists.” February 10, 2021, Dr. Nicholas Nissen wrote  an article in ABC News entitled, “Opioid overdoses 29% higher in 2020 than before the pandemic: The news is full of scary headlines that portend disasters on every hand.


However, the Bible tells us that we should not be worried.  Jesus told His disciples that He had everything under control (John 16:33). The Bible further explains that since God is for us no one can be against us (Romans 8:31).  The Bible further tells us that we are not to be afraid of any pestilences, plagues, or terrors (Psalm 91:5-6). Just like in the Bible when Israel was surrounded by their enemies, the prophet Jahaziel announced that God would fight the battle (2 Chronicles 20:15).


It is true that the world seems bleak, terrifying and hopeless. But the Bible says many times that we should not fear. We should keep our hope and our focus on the eternal things rather than to worry about earthly concerns (Colossians 3:2).  This is not to say that we should stop social distancing, wearing masks, washing our hands or avoiding crowds. We are to still follow good health guidelines. However, God has the whole world in His hands including you and me (Psalm 24:1).  That is good news!


John 16:33

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33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


Romans 8:31

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31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?


Psalm 91:5-6

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5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.


2 Chronicles 20:15 

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15  He said: "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's.


Colossians 3:2

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2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things


Psalm 24:1

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1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;





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