Sometimes it’s a tough decision whether to watch the news. Don’t get me wrong. I want to know what’s happening in the world. I think it’s important. It definitely gives me something to pray about.
But the news is difficult to watch or read, and every day it seems to get even more and more difficult. Sometimes, it’s more than I can take in. It makes me wonder – what’s happening to this country … to the world? How can anyone cope? Do we need to do anything? Should I just stop watching the news?
Some are stocking up on food and other supplies. Others are doing more to protect themselves and their families. Still others are ignoring it all and burying themselves in work or projects. We cope in many ways.
But one thing we can’t do – we can’t solve all of the problems we see and read about, if any. Some are way beyond our control. Actually that is the good news here. (No, I haven’t lost my mind.)
Psalm 91 has been a great blessing to me, especially after I read the news.
When I read recently that one city had dismantled their entire police force, that some experts expect another resurgence of the virus that is now dissipating, I read in verses 3 through 4 that God tells us: “For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence … under His wings you may seek refuge … His faithfulness is a shield ….”
When I read about the riots, I find in verses 5 through 6: “You will not be afraid of the terror by night … of the destruction that lays waste at noon.”
And when all that bad news seems especially frightening and overwhelming, God tells me in verses 14 through 15 that He has a plan. “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him, I will set him securely on high, because he has know My Name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.” These verses remind me of all the many times, God has already stepped in and rescued me from the problems that seemed overwhelming in the past. I am then overwhelmed with gratitude and give Him thanks and praise.
Our spiritual enemy may have designed an elaborate plot to knock us down, but he can’t defeat our Protector and Comforter. Nothing can come against God and the love He has for us.
I still haven’t decided if I’m going to give up reading the bad news, but I will always pour myself into the good news. Hope you’re able to do the same!