Thought for this week

Though from the Rev Dr Adrian Varwell


Jesus said: You will hear of wars and rumours of wars …  Nation will rise against nation …  There will be famines and earthquakes …                                                             Matthew 24:6,7


Scarcely a day passes without news of terrible events somewhere in the world.  Wars, political instability, famines, earthquakes, devastating hurricanes, floods, erupting volcanoes and tragic accidents fuel the news bulletins and papers.  It may be that it was always thus, and that modern communications mean that we know more about what is going on around the world in a matter of minutes.  Or is it that the pace of such events is quickening?


When Jesus spoke of man-made and natural disasters it was not to cause panic and anxiety, but rather to reassure us that his love is a constant presence that we can rely upon and look to for support.  “Heaven and earth may pass away”, Jesus went on to say, “but my words will never pass away” (v35).  In an uncertain world we are advised to look to Jesus and trust in his words.  Simon Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, was moved to confess to where his faith and trust lay when he said to his master: “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).  Can we make a similar declaration?


Help us, Lord, to trust you and your words, whatever may be going on around us.  Amen