These are worrying times – at least they seem to be for many people. Nearly everyone I’ve spoken to recently has expressed anxiety and concern over current events – the virus pandemic and all that.
It reminds me of the late, great pastor Willie Mullan, and what I heard him say when I was a teenager. In one part of his sermon he was encouraging people to trust God. He said, “When you’re worrying you’re not trusting – and when you’re trusting you’re not worrying.” I suppose the ultimate message was – don’t be worrying, trust God.
Worry is a terrible foe, an enemy to peace and tranquility. It saps the energy, it befogs the mind, it strikes at the heart, and it gets the eyes off what really matters in life – our relationship with God, for He tells us not to worry. He tells us to “be careful for nothing” or “full of care” [Philippians 4:6]. Don’t be consumed with hopelessness, as if nothing can be done.
Place the problem, no matter how serious it looks, or is, in God’s hands, and remember that He is in control.
This is a particular time of anxiety. This viral pandemic is frightening. It is like a hidden enemy, waiting, lurking, and watching, for a chance to attack unawares. Remember that before the pandemic people died, and when it is gone people will still die. The death rate for humans is 100%. The Bible and human experience tells us it is so. Hence be ready for that eventuality. How? By trusting Christ as your personal Saviour [John 3:16]. He is the only One who has, and can defeat death. [Given by Rev. James McClelland on BBC radio, Nov. 15].