Isaiah 8:12-14a: Do not say, “A conspiracy,” concerning all that this people call a conspiracy. Nor in fear or terror or in dread.
The LORD of Hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread. He will be as a sanctuary.
Everywhere you look, you can find a new conspiracy, some new scheme to come after you or trick you. Someone dies and it is big news? It is being used to hide something else going on. The latest war? It was really instigated by the C.I.A. Then there is the dreaded planet Nabiru/ Planet X, which every couple years is about to hit earth in a month or two, and the scientists are keeping it a secret. And so on.
Some people are so caught up by all the “conspiracies” that they live in fear of what is or may be coming at any moment. Now mind you, some of these conspiracies are real – don’t think that I am one of those who are blind to what is happening in the world. But some people are so caught up in all these conspiracies that they are losing sight of the One who should be their focus.
Be wise as serpents. Be sober-minded. Pay attention, in other words. We should be aware of what is happening in the world. But our focus should be on our God, on Jesus Christ our Lord. He will be a holy abode, a sanctuary for us.
Romans 8:35, 37 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Yes, we may have to face difficult times for our faith. Yes, some of these conspiracies will come to fruition, one day, perhaps soon. If we focus on the tribulation and trial, then we are in danger of being conquered by that tribulation. But if our focus is on our Lord, He will certainly give us the strength to endure.
Do not fear what men can do to you, but fear God. People can hurt you and kill your body, true. But if your faith is in Christ, they cannot harm you, for to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2Corinthians 5:8).
When our focus is on Christ, and on abiding in Him, then the fruit of the Spirit will grow, which includes love, joy, and peace. A peace that passes all understanding, that can strengthen us even in tribulations.