The Prophet Isaiah posed the question who has believed our report, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? (Is. 53:1) This is an example of the parallelistic literary technique that permeates much of the Old Testament. And its message to us is poignant: God’s arm of power is revealed to those who choose to believe His report.
But we often choose to believe other reports, i.e., the evening news’, rather than God’s. While the Lord says My God will supply all your need, we choose to put our faith in the recession the news media describes.
It’s important to understand that the media thrives on sensationalism. Drama produces ratings, and ratings translate into advertising funds. So the message is hyped and repeated ad nauseum, until a Christian’s faith is at its lowest ebb.
I think it’s fine to watch the news, and that it’s important to be informed, but also I believe we should remember to counteract its negative effects by reading, hearing, and believing God’s Word.
God is not a man that he should lie, the Bible reports, so despite the news, we can afford to relax and take the Lord at His Word. I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken, or his seed begging bread, King David says. The report continues: I will open the windows of Heaven and pour you out a blessing you can’t contain. (Mal. 3:10) Jesus adds, Good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will men pour into you bosom, (Lk. 6:38) and I came that you might live an abundant life. (Jn. 10:10)
On and on, goes God’s report of ensuing abundance, pouring forth from pages of His Unfailing Word. And I choose to believe it. How about you?