Be still and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10

Recently, Wendy and I watched the spy drama ‘Summer of Rockets’. We were successfully kept in suspense throughout as to who really was the enemy. Had MI5 been infiltrated by the Russians? Was there an elitist plot to stage a coup in Britain? And a sub theme was the constant threat felt in 1950s that there might be nuclear annihilation. Uncertainty abounded. What has changed? There are questions concerning who really runs Huawei. Russia is flexing its military muscles and testing our air defences. President Trump could cause a huge conflagration in the Middle East. Our home political situation seems to be in melt down and there is a lack of clear political leadership. The uncertainty can make us fearful about the future. We will be reflecting on Psalm 46 this week possibly written from a background of potential national disaster. It asserts God’s authority in the circumstances we face and the upheaval that may take place. These last verses are not a request to find a quiet place and acknowledge God, but a command, stamping the authority of God on the world. As we listen to that command it is not one to bury our heads, but to face our fears and find hope and strength in the only place it can be found.

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