See That You Be Not Troubled
By W. C. Moore (1890 – 1980)
In John 16:33 Jesus says, “...In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” As a wise Captain, He rouses and warns us to be ALERT so that troubling times will be expected. In the midst of world confusion and distress, He desires that His followers, His “born-again” people, be not partakers of the world’s dismay and terror on the one hand, nor of the world’s indifference and fatalism on the other hand. He tells us of coming events that we may be ready to meet them and that we may glorify God in the midst of whatever conditions may come – and that we may be fully confident of God’s power to keep us whatever situation may confront us or come upon us.
God’s Special Care for His People
In Isaiah 43, the Lord shows in a wonderful way how His people are the objects of His peculiar watch care – and also how all things are subject to Him and how He controls conditions as well as caring for us. “But now thus saith the Lord that created thee...Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isa. 43:1-2).
He is the mighty, loving, faithful, watchful Guardian of our lives, and He is also Master of the waters, and Master of the flame so that neither flood nor fire can go the slightest fraction of an inch beyond what He permits. His almighty power is constantly exercised in the behalf of His own trusting children!
“...Let us run with patience [cheerful endurance] the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1). The Lord has some wonderful work to do in us by the testing of our faith. We can expect that His unchanging love will cause us also to be tested and tried, that we may come forth as gold (1 Pet. 1:7; Job 23:10). “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise” (Heb. 10:35-36).
Stirred to Faith
God wants us to be roused indeed – stirred to the depths of our being – but roused and stirred to faith, not to terror or doubt or fear. “...Fear not: believe only...” (Luke 8:50).
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).