Be Settled by Marla Bentien
“He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord” (Psalm 112:7).
I love the way this verse is stated in the Living Bible: “[The man who trusts in God] does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him.”
It doesn’t take much observation to realize that we are living in very unsettled times, our foundations shaking and crumbling with amazing speed. Therefore it is vital that we be “settled” in both mind and heart, knowing and trusting and certain that our Jehovah God will be with us and watch over us – no matter how the days unfold or what challenges we may be called upon to face. At times the weight of problems in our personal lives can be very heavy, and then we add to that our loved ones and the events transpiring in the world. With no effort at all, we can allow ourselves to become overwhelmed, fearful, anxious.
One antidote is to continually remind ourselves of the strength and character of our God. This will help us keep our focus on Him rather than on endless concerns, and we can remain “settled” in our minds. A fellow Christ-follower living in Canada offers his words of encouragement about our faithful God:
“God is still omnipotent; there is no one on earth more powerful than Him. He is still omnipresent: He is everywhere. He can hear the prayers and cries...everywhere in the world. God is still omniscient. He knows what we need before we even ask Him. He is still sovereign. He works all things – even tyranny, invasions, and wars – together for the good of those of us who are called according to His purpose. Jesus is still faithful. He will keep His promises. He will return soon to establish His Kingdom on earth for a thousand years. God will then establish the New Heaven and the New Earth. He will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and death will be no more, neither will there be mourning, nor crying nor pain anymore. Jesus is still good and merciful: surely, goodness and mercy will follow us every day [this year]. Jesus is still gracious – He will forgive us of our sins.
So don’t be anxious. If you’re a Christian, Jesus is yours and you are His (Romans 8:31-32). If you trust Jesus for your life after death, then you can trust Him for your life before death, right? If you trust Jesus for your eternal life, then you can trust Him for your life on earth, right?”