You’ve heard many times that once the Fourth of July is over, the end of summer is just around the corner. And at times it seems that way. In fact, this morning when I woke at my normal early hour, I missed the light of pre-dawn. The sky was studded with dark, billowy clouds, but it reminded me that the hours of daylight are beginning to shorten.
Yet we still have two-thirds of summer to live and work and rest. And there are days that I choose to only listen to news on the radio, rather than be bombarded by images of horror around the world. Sometimes it is enough to suck the joy right out of a beautiful day.
I don’t want to be like the ostrich, burying my head in the sand. When that thought crosses my mind, I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ who suffer for their faith. But the news is depressing as reports of wickedness spread around the globe.
In Old Testament times, the prophet Micah tries to warn the people to fear the Lord. But the tell-tale signs of wickedness sound like current magazine reports: 1) riches gained by cheating, 2) the use of dishonest measures, 3) people so used to lying that they don’t know how to tell the truth.
We also read that King Hezekiah remained faithful to the work God called him to do, but the king of Assyria invaded Judah. So Hezekiah fortified the walls of the city, stopped the flow of the springs and encouraged the people with these words. “He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!” (2 Chronicles 32:8)
Then Micah reminds us that he will wait confidently for God (Micah 7:7,8) “Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.”
Both of these Scriptures remind us that no matter what is going on around us, how wicked or dismal the prospects, God is there and we can rest in confidence that He is there in every circumstance.
So for the rest of the summer, go forth today in the confidence of faith in a faithful and all-powerful God!