In the great uncertainty of world politics life can seem daunting. If all we hear is true , Russia elected Trump and Obama caused the Syrian crisis. With the ever increasing influence of so called "false news" ( we used to call it propaganda) its hard to get a sense of where to turn.
Scripture tells us that in the last days men's hearts will fail them for fear but that we , the believers, should look upwards because our redemption draws nigh. And it is in that looking up we find the great comfort of knowing that God is still on His throne and in control of the events of man.
Shortly before Christmas my father suffered a stroke and for a brief number of days lost his voice. Extremely frightening for him and distressing and we praise God for his quick and very advanced recovery. On the night I drove home form hospital having seen him to the stroke ward , where we could not communicate, it struck me that I may never hear his voice again. In panic I was trying to remember his tones his words. One of the things he says when he meets his sons is "hello my boy", and what if I never heard it again? I know many of my close friends must also experience this when they lose a parent, and its only then we realize the importance of the sound of a voice. What a great joy its was last week to be greeted with "hello my boy".
But in these strange an unprecedented days there is another voice we must tune ours ears to, the voice of our Father in heaven. Elijah the prophet described it as "a still small voice". You will hear it only when you tune out from the other clamouring and tune in to it. Jesus said "my sheep hear my voice". Set time aside and learn to listen, God has a word for you in 2017, and it will be true.