See That Ye Be Not Troubled
By W. C. Moore
Jesus was a Prophet indeed, and He knew – and foretold of the perilous times in which we live. "Ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: SEE that ye be not troubled" (Matt. 24:6).
He knew that, with men’s hearts failing them for fear (Luke 21:26), and with wars, etc., there would be grave danger that His own followers might become terrified. So along with this picture of end-time horror, He injects this very necessary word of faith – "SEE that YE be not troubled."
In John 16:33 Jesus says, "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
Alert! But Not Fearful
As a wise Captain, Jesus rouses and warns us to be ALERT so that the terrific conditions will be expected, and 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 Those Who Love Him
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 – and this, 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). As someone has said, "You cannot rush God."
The Lord has some wonderful work to do in us – by the testing of our faith. "Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations" (Jas. 1:2). Murmur not about the testings – but count it all joy, "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience" (Jas. 1:3).
God is no respecter of persons, and since He in His wisdom and love, let Abraham wait for years – in faith – before Isaac was born, 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). Abraham "after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise" (Heb. 6:15).
"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).
Time to Look Up!
"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).