You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
Isaiah 26:3-4 (NIV)
The year was 1948. The Second World War had ended three years previously, and a new age – the atomic age – was underway. The cold war, a term first used by George Orwell after the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, was ramping up. People were on edge, with rumours that the Soviets would soon have an atomic bomb. Within the year, they would have.
Fear was rising throughout the world. So much so that Christian theologian and author C.S. Lewis wrote this:
“In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. ‘How are we to live in an atomic age?’ I am tempted to reply: ‘Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.’ In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty. This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”
Pardon the long quote, but talk about a prophetic word. If not the pandemic, what ought to dominate our minds? How about the Word of God? Isaiah 26:3-4 would be a good focus for our minds in these days: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.”
What a contrast to what many in the world are focusing on in these days. As we focus our minds and hearts on the Lord Jesus, His peace will flood our hearts and we will stand secure in the One who is the Rock eternal.
I’m Bob Beasley, and these have been words from the heart.