NBC News Poll: American fears of war grow. (July 18, 2017). “An overwhelming majority of Americans — 76 percent — are worried that the United States will become engaged in a major war in the next four years, according to a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey national security poll.”
That news hit my inbox a few days ago. The poll said people cite North Korea as the greatest threat. War is never far from our minds, is it? I am 70 years old, a “baby boomer” born at the end of WWII. Since I was born there have been many wars and conflicts. The world always seems on the brink of another major one. Any reasonable person would be afraid, if not for ourselves, then for our children and grandchildren.
But are we fearing the right thing? Jesus told those who were close to him, “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.” [Luke 12:4-5 NIV]
Man can take away almost everything, our safety and security, our food, clothing and shelter, our very lives, but, man cannot take away our eternity. Only God can do that. We need to make sure that we are fearing correctly! We need to make sure that our souls are right with God first and foremost.
Father, I pray my heart and soul are right with You. I place my faith in Your Son, Christ Jesus, for salvation both in this life and in the eternity that follows. I commit my life to Your Hands. Amen.