Sometimes I think I watch too much news and too many news-related videos. There’s a lot of choices. We have what has been referred to as the mainstream media – the favorite four TV channels that daily give us the morning, noontime and evening news. But then there’s what’s been referred to as the alternative news. These can be found only on the internet. They usually don’t have their own reporters (some do) but have access to newspapers and news channels all over the world, including of course the USA. I like to check out the news online so that I can choose which stories interest me, instead of viewing the entire news program on television.
The problem is that they don’t agree. Some totally ignore some news stories. Some report stories that are polar opposite to what others are reporting. Are we supposed to keep score? OK, 2 sites said this but 4 said that, so the 4 must be right. Really?! The news can be so bleak that one could easily assume that the world will come to an end before you even finish reading or viewing their story! Some would have us to never leave home again because of the pandemic. Others encourage us to prepare for a disaster. They don’t always agree on what disaster, but the prep is the same – food, water, guns, ammo, and gold and silver. Really?!
Sometimes I think I watch too much news. So I look to God instead.
When Judah was invaded by the Moabites, Meunites, and Ammonites, King Jehoshaphat asked God for help. It was a battle he couldn’t win. So God sent him and his army out against the enemy but told him not to fight. Jehoshaphat put his singers out in front of the army as they marched and they sang praises to God. God caused the enemy to be so confused that they killed themselves. Instead of planning a defense, perhaps we should praise God. (2 Chronicles 20:14-25)
Then there was the widow, who took the last of her flour and oil to make a cake for Elijah, and God miraculously caused her flour and oil jars to stay full until the famine they were experiencing had passed. (1 Kings 17:9-16)
I’m not suggesting that we ignore a pandemic and the precautions we should take, or that we shouldn’t prepare if we see some disaster coming, but I don’t think we should be ruled by fear. God fought Jehoshaphat’s battle for him. He’ll fight battles we cannot win as well. God provided for Elijah and a widow during a famine. I believe that no matter what disaster may come our way, God will be with us and provide all we need. He did it before. He surely can do it again. For He says in His Word:
“Be anxious for nothing, 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus …. And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7, 19)
That’s my prep – I’m trusting God and counting on His love, care and peace. Hope you can do the same.