Thought for the week


THERE is change, and there is up­heaval. We can cope with change; up­heaval is dif­fer­ent.

The mes­sage com­ing over the me­dia is that we are en­ter­ing a time of up­heaval. That res­onates with many. Po­lit­i­cal change blends with worry about pen­sions and fear of the un­known. If we think we have rea­son to fear then we should re­mem­ber peo­ple who are los­ing home and liveli­hood to cli­mate change or those suf­fer­ing geno­cide in the Mid­dle East.

It also chimes with some­thing Je­sus said, ‘ Peo­ple will faint as they fear­fully wait for what will hap­pen to the world’.

But the writer of Psalm 46 gives a dif­fer­ent mes­sage – ‘ We will not fear, though the earth gives way…’ He is speak­ing on be­half of what he calls ‘ the city of God’, the so­ci­ety of God’s peo­ple within the larger so­ci­ety.

In his world cities stood for sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity. He also refers to ‘a river whose streams make glad the city of God’. He sees God con­stantly re­fresh­ing his peo­ple even in the worst of times.

The Bi­ble is re­al­is­tic about trou­ble. It men­tions God call­ing so­ci­eties to re­turn to him, even­tu­ally aban­don­ing them when they refuse. It also speaks about his loy­alty to those who do re­turn, and the hope he gives, even fol­low­ing the foot­steps of Je­sus’ res­ur­rec­tion.

‘ Re­mem­ber me, Lord, with the love you show to your peo­ple.’ ‘We will not fear, though the earth gives way and the moun­tains fall into the heart of the sea’ ( Psalm 46:2)

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