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"Pick A Disaster"

March 31, 2009

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It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. Psalm 118:8-9

Doctor John Beddington, Britain's top scientific advisor, has said, "By the year 2030, the demand for food and fresh water are going to create a crisis with dire consequences."

Of course, those who study the Aztec and Mayan calendars say the human race won't make it that long. After all, those ancient empires predicted the end of the age was going to come in 2012.

And if you don't trust the Mayans or Aztecs, there is a best-selling book that maintains Sir Isaac Newton calculated the end of the world would come around 2013.

If you're not into mathematics, you might put your money on Nostradamus, who, some think, predicted the finish of this earth would happen before 2030.

The practical among us might figure, what with countries like North Korea having the atomic bomb, and global warming melting the ice caps, and the possibility of a great solar flare disrupting all things electronic, the odds aren't very good we will even last until 2030.

With all of these prophets of doom running around a smart person might get depressed and a regular individual might join in that old Hee-Haw chorus: "If it weren't for bad luck, we'd have no luck at all. Gloom, despair, agony on me."

In contrast to all of the negative news and depressing prognostications, we Christians hear the Psalmist who said: "It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man."


The heavenly Father has shown His great love for us in sending His Son to be both Ransom and Redeemer. Because of Holy Spirit-given faith in Jesus we know the Lord remains in control of this world. When, and not before, He decrees the Last Day has dawned, our expectations will be high, and our longing for heaven will be realized.

Being able to take refuge in the Lord is a great comfort. It's the only comfort for any of us who turn on the evening news and for all believers who hear humanity's latest promise of catastrophe and the end of life as they know it.

THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me be a responsible citizen of this world. Even more importantly, grant me the grace to find my refuge in Your Son who has promised me the world's end will not be my end. In His Name, I ask it. Amen.

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In Christ I remain His servant and yours,

Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: Deuteronomy 20-22    Luke 6:1-26

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