“…you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place” (Matthew 24:6).
We live in a world where, daily, the words of Jesus prove as timely as ever. News headlines fill the figurative sky over our heads with dark, foreboding clouds. Whether we are on the job, at home with our families, engaged in community activities, or even taking part in collective worship, the latest rumors of impending calamity never seem far away.
Recently, for example, in Charlotte NC — a city where we have chaplains caring for over 5,000 employees plus their family members, in about 45 workplaces — unprecedented rancor and social unrest have been the story capturing everyone’s attention.
For many, this can throw us into a state of constant internal churn and anxiety, if not fear. It also raises the question: Is this what our lives are supposed to be like?
The Bible is utterly realistic. It does not gloss over the fact that we live in a fallen world…filled with fallen people…who do fallen things. There are lots of reasons for concern all around us, and lots of opportunities for us to be constructively engaged in meeting the needs and improving the lot of others. Jesus did say, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35), so it is important for us to be reaching out to care for others, including those who may seem most “unlike” us.
However, Jesus also said, “See that you are not alarmed…” Even in the face of violence, and under the specter of even greater upheaval, He plainly said, “See that you are not alarmed.”
The reason those words are not merely a positive platitude but are instead a bedrock of truth on which we can build our lives is that H e i s G o d. He has all power and authority. He loves us. He will never fail or forsake us. He is with us by His Spirit. He has a plan for us and the world that will culminate in all things being set right.
For each of us today — again, whether we are on the job, at home with our families, engaged in community activities, or even taking part in collective worship — this means we can have Real Hope for Real Life, which is what our chaplains offer to thousands of people across our nation 24/7/365.
If you are a CEO or business owner who already utilizes a CCA chaplain to impart care and hope to your employees, thank you. We consider it an enormous privilege to be entrusted with this sacred responsibility.
If you have not yet begun to utilize one of our chaplains in your workplace, we’d love to talk with you about doing so. Many business leaders over the past two decades we have been serving in Christ’s Name mark the day they began offering the benefit of chaplaincy to their employees as a watershed for good in their company. (And it’s really not that hard to get started!)
But whether you are a CEO or business owner, an employee we serve, or simply someone interested in the advance of the life changing Good News of Jesus Christ, we would greatly appreciate your prayers in these tumultuous times — times that call not just for rumors but for the eternal truth of God’s Word.
His Word is “a lamp for [our] feet and a light for [our] path” (Psalm 119:105). And it’s in His Word that we find our Lord’s blessed promise:
“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
God bless you,