I recently heard a radio host talking about the capture of the Ark of the Covenant and the death of Eli. He said that many of the Israelites looked to the Ark as if it were a lucky charm that would protect them. They had forgotten that the Ark was the symbol of God’s presence with them. Unfortunately, their faith was in the Ark, not in God.
Today, many appear to be afraid of what may be happening financially, politically, culturally, spiritually, and religiously. I must admit I have a few concerns myself. Consequently, I recognize that I must work at keeping my focus on the LORD and not just on what is going on around me.
The LORD is on His throne. His Son is at His right side. His Spirit is active in the world. His promises have yet to be broken, although we may tend to forget them. Throughout the Bible, God promises to care for His people. In Isaiah 41:10, He speaks to His people as He is in the midst of correcting themfor their sins of idolatry: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
In the New Testament, Paul writes to the church in Philippians 4:6-7 , “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
God has promised to take care of us. Our part is to make sure our faith is in the right place, in the Creator, not that which has been created.
Shalom, Pastor Bill