For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4
I never turn on the news at home. Yet, recently, I’ve been out and about to different establishments with TVs tuned in to different news stations. It’s astounding the disparity of reporting.
One station features just one end of the spectrum, sending me into a tailspin of anxiety. Another features just the other end of the spectrum, filling me with hope. How do we know which viewpoint is correct?
I had the thought that I wish God had a news channel. If He did, I’d have that thing on 24/7, blaring the truth and good news throughout my home. Then I realized, He does.
The Bible is God’s new channel. There’s not a single situation today that hasn’t already been reported on in the Scriptures. And the beauty of finding it there is we see that no matter how dire any situation got, there was always God’s love and mercy to bring hope.
We are too in the thick of the mess right now to see the forest for the trees. It’s only by looking back at God’s constant and abundant mercy that we can find hope to know the future holds the same.
Questions for Reflection:
- Where do I get my news?
- How does it make me feel?
- Have I thought about turning to Scripture for hope in the mess of it all?