God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
There’s a new malady confronting us today, one that never faced our grandparents—it is news overload! The constant barrage of news compels you, depresses you, triggers your adrenalin, and spikes your blood pressure. News overload isn’t healthy for you. It’s more than you were created to handle. So the question is, “How much news do you need?” Answer: Far less than you think. What a contrast is life today with the simple lifestyle of Jesus and the disciples. He walked through fields of grain with His disciples and talked with them. As they sat on the slopes of Galilee, He spoke about the birds of the air, and the flowers of the field. He pointed out that the disciples (include yourself into that group) are of far more value to God than the sparrow that falls to the ground, something that even God takes note of. Go outside and get some sunshine. Smell the roses, look at the flowers, play with your kids, and mow the grass. Get God’s perspective, one you will never get by watching CNN or the BBC. That’s where most people miss out entirely! They forget that God has not abandoned His control of the universe or authority over the nations or our lives. Read the Psalms and hear from God. I often fall back on Psalm 46 that says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof . . . .” It closes saying, “Be still and know that I am God . . . . The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge” (Psalm 46:1-3, 10,11, KJV). That’s the answer to news overload.
This excerpt is taken from Strength for Today written by Harold J. Sala and published by OMF Literature Inc. To get the full devotional in print or digital format, please visit any OMF Lit and Passages Bookshop or go to www.passages.com.ph.