Tuesday, July 6

Calm in Dreadful Times

Proverbs 1:33, Whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.

We certainly have no lack of doomsday predictions today. With the Mayan calendar predicting the end of days in 2012, sunspot activity seemingly supporting such a date, and the preponderance of movies on "end of the world destruction," it's hard to miss the focus. Coupled with the increase of sin all around us, non-fiction seems to be edging dangerously close to fiction. The last thing we Christians want to do is to give in to the terrors of the heart, as if God's plan had been high-jacked and he were not in control of all things. Although he thought so, Elijah was not the only prophet in Israel. God had providentially provided for hundreds of other prophets as they were holed up in a cave, even feeding them from Ahab's table! Spurgeon encourages us:
Let us from this draw the inference, that come what may, God’s people are safe. Let convulsions shake the solid earth, let the skies themselves be rent in twain, yet amid the wreck of worlds the believer shall be as secure as in the calmest hour of rest. If God cannot save his people under heaven, he will save them in heaven. If the world becomes too hot to hold them, then heaven shall be the place of their reception and their safety. Be ye then confident, when ye hear of wars, and rumours of wars. Let no agitation distress you, but be quiet from fear of evil. Whatsoever cometh upon the earth, you, beneath the broad wings of Jehovah, shall be secure. Stay yourself upon his promise; rest in his faithfulness, and bid defiance to the blackest future, for there is nothing in it direful for you. Your sole concern should be to show forth to the world the blessedness of hearkening to the voice of wisdom. 
Oh, let us hear this sure voice of assurance. Our God slumbers not nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4)!

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