Paris, Beirut, Cancer, and the Word of God

Through this portion of MULTIPLY discipleship we are focusing on the need to study the Word of God. We need this anchor. In a world gone mad, we need this anchor.

If there isn’t something deadly serious going on in the world (as in ISIS bombings in Beirut and Paris) there is always something ready to offend us (like crazy social media outrages). We can so easily be upset with so many things… real or imagined.

This past week came news of a wife who has faced cancer and beat it… and it’s back again and this time the faith is a bit harder to “muster up.” Treatments aren’t going well, more tumors are showing up… Lord! Hear our prayers!

We need anchors.

We hear news of bombings and the fear can mount up. We pray against cancer and the fear can mount up.

It is the steady diet of the Word of God that can keep us anchored. We need his presence in a powerful way and the Word can lead us into that powerful presence.

In a week gone crazy from the idiotic (like the great Christmas controversy of the Starbucks cup) to the deadly (like cancer returning and the horrific news out of Beirut and Paris), we can let all other voices dictate our “responses.”

We can lose focus.

It is today I found myself in Psalm 73. It is a psalm dealing with that very theme: the temptation to lose focus.

For the psalmist, the deal was with the wicked and the wealthy. They always seemed to “get away” with things! Why follow God? Why bother?

It was desperate!

13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
and have washed my hands in innocence. Psalm 73:13 (NIV)

But then there is the turn:

16 When I tried to understand all this,
it troubled me deeply
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their final destiny. Psalm 73:16–17 (NIV)

We need the anchor of the Word. We need the presence of the LIVING Word calling us out to gain perspective. It will save us from fear, from hatred, from normal “worldly” responses… and in a day like today, that is precisely what we need.

Hear our prayer, O Lord.