skyfallingI just pulled myself away from the morning news (all of it).  Apparently, the sky is falling!  It must be true because I looked out the window of my office and across the street I saw the chickens running around hysterically.  Indeed, some days, according to the prophets of doom (CNN, Fox, MSNBC, BBC, PBS, etc.), the world does appear to be crumbling away. It is like some scene from an Irwin Allen movie, where all is teetering on the brink of annihilation, yet the heroine’s hair is just fine and her mascara is not running.  The Dow Jones is down 300 points! Quick get to the bank!  The North Koreans have an H-Bomb! Time to build that bomb shelter. The President’s going to do away with the first amendment!  I better go buy all the guns and ammo I can get my hands on!

Fortunately, thanks to our Lord, we can ponder the mass embrace of the apocalypse for a moment and with a great sigh of relief, whew!, rest in the assurances of Him. Consider for a moment, what actually holds everything together.  Col 1:16-17 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him.  (17)  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  It’s not a bad thing to plan or prepare for upheaval.  It’s not a sin to consider self-preservation.  However, we should remember that we are not in control.  We do not, contrary to popular opinion, control the world we live in or its outcome.  We do however, control our choices.  And with this power of choice, it would seem prudent and wise to cling and hold on to the one Rock that will not be destroyed, Christ.  If perhaps you’re wondering how we cannot be bothered or concerned about the fate of our country or world, the answer is easy. We tie our anchor to the Rock that will not move.  Have you done this?

 I have been splitting wood by hand this winter, mainly because it’s good exercise, and also because it’s a good form of meditation.  If you’re frustrated and mad just take it out on a good hard hickory or oak log.  Most of the wood that I’ve cut down over the year is good and dry, thus easy to split.  I’ve got one tree however, that has retained its moisture and has proven difficult to split.  I chopped on one of the logs for a good twenty minutes the other day to no avail. It just bounced off, unable to penetrate and create a fracture.  Finally, I gave up, rolled it off the stump, put a dry log on and within a few minutes had that log split up into 16 nice wedges. The wet wood was bound together with moisture. The wet wood is a good illustration of being held together.  In the same way, if Christ abides in us and we in Christ, we are bound by Him.  He is the force, the “it factor”, that holds us together. Eph 4:15-16 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,  (16)  from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

                Ultimately, we can with all confidence and assurance, not worry about the political races, the threat of ISIS or North Korea, the dip in the stock market, or the chaos that is engulfing the world is because when we are baptized, we are added to the church (Acts 2:41). The church that Christ died for and purchased with His own blood! (Eph.2:13, 1 Pet.1:18-19).  We are held together with the other saints by Christ who is the head of His church (Col.1:18).  We are on the ark (church), held together by mortar and pitch (Christ), ready to ride safely through the torrent of death (2 Pet.2).  Bold and Confident, you say? Only in Christ!  Are you?

Darryl Fuller