Stars Still Shine
L. R. Hester
Someone wrote: “Two men were walking along a country road one evening. One was bewailing world conditions. Everything was wrong — civilization was being swept away, religion was defeated, there was no future but darkness. When the speaker paused for breath, his friend pointed to the sky and commented, ‘The stars still shine’.”
In this age of scientific discovery, nuclear fission, etc., accompanied by man’s craze for recognition and power, human society seems to be balanced on a powder keg. Scientific minds admit the possibility of a war that could wipe out most of the populace and set the rest back many decades. In addition to this, the economic situation is highly unstable. With the world becoming more wicked daily, potential dangers of various kinds are mounting. In view of it all, the human mind is highly disturbed. Fear, perplexity, anxiety and distrust are mounting on every hand. Even in the church there is unrest. Faithfulness to the Lord’s standard is made more trying by the lowering of the moral standards of world society and a pulpit policy that fails to properly indoctrinate the immersed in the fundamentals of New Testament Christianity.
Yet, “the stars still shine,” and the Lord is still with His own. His message to the Christian says: “Be ye free from the love of money; content with such things as ye have: for himself bath said, I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise forsake thee. So that with good courage we say: The Lord is my helper; I will not fear: What shall man do unto me?” (Heb. 13: 5.)
Even in this present life, our blessings far exceed our understanding; and it behooves us to “be ye thankful” (Col. 3: 15.) instead of dwelling upon the unpleasant potentialities of tomorrow. Much of man’s sorrow stems from his trust in material and temporal things. We can never find true and lasting security until we look to the right source; and when we do this, the things over which men worry so much will become less important to us. To the Christian - the baptized believer whose trust is in God and His Son and message - the important thing is not what he has done upon the earth, but what his state will be when the elements have melted with fervent heat. For, as Paul wrote: “. . . we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18). As the stars in the heaven continue to shine though the world is troubled, neither ,our earthly sorrows nor the removal of earth and the stars can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, while we remain faithful to the New Testament. (From: Agent of Truth, April 10, 1960.)
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