“The Sky Is Falling”

On January 27, Pastor Katy preaches on Psalm 46.

1 God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
3 though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
    God will help it when the morning dawns.
6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge.

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord;
see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

It is frequently claimed that we fear what we don’t understand. While not true for everything, this certainly rings true for many things. We fear those with different beliefs and traditions, we fear math tests beyond our skill set, and we fear things that may or may not ever happen. Problems arise and fear abounds when we find ourselves (or place ourselves) in groups exactly like us. Suddenly, when one person claims the sky is falling, we all believe it without challenging the claim or even looking up at the sky. In addressing fear, let’s start by looking up.