“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33 (NKJV)
On May 3, 1943, air raid sirens sounded all over London. People raced with urgency for cover toward the Bethnal Green Underground station, where more than 500 people had already taken refuge. In the next ten minutes, 1500 more would join them. A woman carrying a baby lost her footing on one of the 19 steps leading down from the street. Like dominoes, people started falling on top of one another. It was an ugly scene. In the end, 173 people died. Bombs didn't kill them, fear did! Today there's a stampede of fear all around us. All you must do is turn on the tv and watch the news, CNN, MSNBC or FOX News and you will know what I am talking about. If you're not careful, you'll get caught up in it and lose your footing and start falling down the stairs of fear.
It's is a good thing to recognize danger, but God doesn't want you to be overwhelmed by it. So be careful what and who you listen to. Be careful what you think and how you process news about what is going on in our world. Don’t believe everything you hear coming from the plasma tv. Keep your trust and faith in God almighty. You see, the disciples needed a rock to stand on in the coming storm. Jesus had just told them how difficult things were going to get in the world and the extent to which they would suffer. He announced He was leaving and told them He would send the Holy Spirit to be with them. John chapter 16 ends with these words: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33 (NKJV) No matter what the situation, Jesus is on top of it. No matter what trial you face, Jesus will bring you through. Though surrounded by fear and the fearful, you will have His peace. And His peace will strengthen you during and after the storms of life. Now isn’t that good news?
Rev. Dr. Major Stewart, Pastor
Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church
Sunday, May 20, 2018