see that you are not alarmed
Excerpt from ... "Following the Master at the Edge of Time; What are We Waiting For?"
SEE THAT YOU ARE NOT ALARMED
Jesus never promised that we would live in earthly serenity. He warned that the world into which he sends us is seething with turmoil, visible and invisible. “Accustom yourselves to rough weather, for that’s where I’m sending you to proclaim my kingdom. Don’t let the wars and famines and earthquakes distract you from what I’m sending you to do.”….
“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” Matthew 24:6-8 (NIV)
… Sometimes we experience an “earthquake” in the form of a personal tragedy. I remember receiving a call from our friend Phyllis one evening. She had dropped by her daughter Nancy’s apartment to take her to a baby shower and found her lifeless body lying on the floor of the bedroom. Nancy had had her final seizure. When I arrived at the apartment Phyllis was sitting on the floor with Nancy’s body in her arms, rocking back and forth, offering praise to the Lord Jesus through her tears.
This sudden earthquake in the life of a mother who had already experienced her share of trauma was unable to shake her in her love for Jesus. She was weeping and wounded, but she was not alarmed. In her deep sorrow Phyllis knew that Jesus loved Nancy more than she did.
“The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
Job 1:21 (NIV)
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Psalm 71: 14-19
No matter what, I’ll trust in you to help me.
Nothing will stop me from praising you to magnify your glory! I couldn’t begin to count the times you’ve been there for me.
With the skill of a poet I’ll never run out of things to say
of how you faithfully kept me from danger.
I will come forth in your mighty strength, O my Lord God.
I’ll tell everyone that you alone are the perfect one.
From my childhood you’ve been my teacher,
and I’m still telling everyone of your miracle-wonders!
God, now that I’m old and gray, don’t walk away.
Give me grace to demonstrate to the next generation
all your mighty miracles and your excitement,
to show them your magnificent power! For your glorious righteousness reaches up to the high heavens.
No one could ever be compared to you!
Who is your equal, O God of marvels and wonders?
Psalm 71: 14-19 (TPT)