In Times Like These

Thomas R. Rowe, Jr.

 

We live in a world of guided missiles and misguided men. Man’s inhumanity to man dominates the media. Stories of beheadings, violence, and riots in our own streets are brought into our homes in real time and in living color through television. We watch in disbelief—we are horrified by what we see; we wonder, “When will the madness stop?” We find it difficult to be jolly in the halls decked with holly, and question whether “peace on earth, goodwill toward men” will ever become a reality. We sing about the ‘Bells on Christmas day’ and, if only for a moment, relate more to the second stanza, “Hate is strong, and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men.” But quickly, in the next stanza our hope is renewed and we are made aware of truth that makes us free, “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; the wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, goodwill to men.”

Keeping the right perspective in times like these is essential to our well-being and Christian witness. We may have neither words nor understanding to make sense of recent events but we do have faith that transcends our questions, and assurance that surpasses reason. The words of a gospel song, In Times Like These by Ruth Cye Jones clearly affirms our confidence:

In times like these, you need a Savior.
In times like these you need an anchor.
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

In times like these you need the Bible

In times like these, oh be not idle.

Be very sure, be very sure,

Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One.

This Rock is Jesus, The only One.

Be very sure, be very sure,

Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.

In times like these, I have a Savior.
In times like these, I have an anchor.
I’m very sure, I’m very sure,
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.