An insightful email I read recently included this thought:
Since the horrific events of September 11th, 2001, our North American society has been deeply influenced by a media-driven culture built around growing apprehension and alarm. Think of the news items with which we are constantly bombarded that concern the latest studies showing threats to our health, home invasions, child abductions, plunging stock markets, soaring oil prices, terrorist plots, casualties in Afghanistan, and murders down the street. Sales of home alarm systems are growing rapidly. Parents are afraid to let their children play outside or walk half a block to school.
To this, I would offer two thoughts. Firstly, there are many of us who see a shaking of things as they currently are, that there are changes coming to our world, and that many are going to find the things they have trusted in are not secure. In the natural, fear and apprehension are the likely response.
But that is not the way for us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8).
That is the simple truth. If we see these things coming, and our eyes are on anything but Christ, we will sink beneath the waves of apprehension. But, if we fix our eyes on Him, we find the one safe place, the Person who will never let us down. For, God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. (1 John 4 16-18a)
Remember and live that today.