Presence of Mind
"Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the
desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence,
and shall keep thy foot from being taken" (Proverbs 3:25-26).
When God is abroad in judgments, He would not have His people alarmed. He has
not come forth to harm but to defend the righteous.
He would have them manifest courage. We who enjoy the presence of God ought to
display presence of mind. Since the LORD Himself may suddenly come, we ought not
to be surprised at anything sudden. Serenity under the rush and roar of
unexpected evils is a precious gift of divine love.
The LORD would have His chosen display discrimination so that they may see that
the desolation of the wicked is not a real calamity to the universe. Sin alone
is evil; the punishment which follows thereupon is as a preserving salt to keep
society from putrefying. We should be far more shocked at the sin which deserves
hell than at the hell which comes out of sin.
So, too, should the LORD’s people exhibit great quietness of spirit. Satan and
his serpent seed are full of all subtlety; but those who walk with God shall not
be taken in their deceitful snares. Go on, believer in Jesus, and let the LORD
be thy confidence.