As The World Burns


Baltimore is on fire.

Nepal is suffering.

Maybe things aren’t so great for you either.

You don’t need to hear someone’s opinion as to how things got the way they are. You don’t need advice at the moment. What you’d really like is peace.

God, in his grace, makes it available to you.

O LORD, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.

Psalm 131:1 (ESV)

When pride convinces you that you can pull through on your own, grace reminds you that it is those who humble themselves before God who will be lifted up (1 Peter 5:6-7).

When entitlement tells you that you have the right to know the details behind everything that God is doing, grace reminds you that any god who can be totally figured out isn’t much of a god (Romans 11:33-36).

So instead of trying to figure God out, will you be content with simply knowing him?

But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.

Psalm 131:2 (ESV)

A weaned child wants nothing from his mother. He is content just being with her. Content isn’t the best word. David uses a better one in this Psalm. Calm.

David’s life was anything but calm. He fought wild animals, crazy kings, blasphemous giants, and hell-bent family members. He knew what it was like to be wronged. He knew what it was like to wrong others. He was far from perfect and he too was living in a world that was on fire.

But his soul was calm. His calm wasn’t due to apathy. It was because of presence. The presence of God was enough for him. No answers to all of life’s questions. No gimmicks. No manipulation. Just God. And that was enough.

The presence of God was enough for David but he still couldn’t keep it to himself. Great hope is meant to be shared.

O Israel, hope in the LORD
from this time forth and forevermore. 

Psalm 131:3 (ESV)

The world is burning. And we should pray for God to fix it. We should pray for the people of Nepal. We should pray for peace in Baltimore. We should pray for our own tragedies that may seem comparatively small to others but are on the verge of crushing us.

But we should pray for something else as well. Something bigger.

We should pray that the millions of families impacted in Nepal and Baltimore would put their hope in the Lord.

And we too should keep our hope in him. From this time forth and forevermore. It is the only way to know true peace.

Even as the world burns.

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