“My Heart is Fixed”
You don’t have to look very long before finding bad news in our world. Political unrest, wars and rumors of wars, disease, famine, natural disasters, men’s wickedness displayed and applauded – and those are just all the things that ARE actually happening without adding any speculation to that list. Especially once you start browsing online through news or social media, the possibilities of just how heathen our country might become can overwhelm you! Right is now wrong, and it seems that you can have any opinion except a Biblical one (or even a common sense one) and be accepted. Our world certainly is not a friend to those who want to live right and serve the Lord.
In these days of uncertainty and so many things that grieve the heart of the child of God, it can be easy to misplace my fear. In the middle of the night, when I think of the world my children will one day raise their children in, I can be fearful for them of possible dangers not yet realized. So many “what if” questions will come to mind if I allow my mind to dwell on the subject for any amount of time.
“He (the man that feareth the Lord) shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.” Psalm 112:7
But when my fear, reverence, and devotion are placed in the Lord Who is all powerful and most importantly, STILL IN CONTROL, I am not afraid of any evil tidings. My heart can be fixed, trusting in the LORD, but that is my choice! Fixing my heart on Him involves preparation and forethought; it takes me arranging, ordering, and directing my mind, my will, and my emotions on the truth of Who He is! When I find myself feeling overwhelmed over what might be, I often repeat to myself, “God’s not dead yet.” And, of course, He never will be!
Psalm 118 has some thoughts that spoke to my heart.
“The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?… It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”
Any man is fallible, able to be brought down by corruption or by the force of evil. We remember that often, when thinking about presidents and politicians, but we also need to remember it about husbands and men we love! (Not for the purpose of trusting them less or becoming suspicious, but to focus our minds on WHO we are actually supposed to be trusting.) I have a faithful, loving husband, and it might be easy for me to put all my reliance on him and his care for our family, but that would be doing him a disservice, because he is only human and therefore, limited. How reassuring it is, to remember that we are serving a God Who is limitless, all-knowing, and all-powerful, yet perfect and the same as He has been in every dark age of the past. As A.W. Tozer wrote, “How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God Who has none.”
Hope for my children is the same as my hope is today – in a God who never changes and is never caught by surprise. Yes, this world might be growing darker by the day, and things might get a lot worse before they get better, but Jesus will make all things right one day, and we can trust in Him no matter what happens.
So, what can I do, today, to fix my heart on the Lord? Psalm 108:1 says, “O God, my heart is FIXED; I WILL sing and give praise, even with my glory.” Focusing on the truth, praising God for Who He is and what He has done – this is a good place to start!