Hey, Chicken Little, Look Up!

By Ruth Graham Published on July 5, 2016

Do you remember the story of Chicken Little? It was in the old Pogo comic strip. He was walking in the barnyard and an acorn hit him on his head. He thought the sky was falling and ran around telling everyone, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”  He got everyone into a panic.

It seems everyone from political candidates, to legislators, to preachers to neighbors are calling out, the “Sky is falling!” I probably have echoed that thought myself. Things seem to be getting bleak. Right is wrong. Wrong is right. Everything is upside down.

But if something fell out of the sky and hit us on the head as it did Chicken Little, would we not look up to see where it came from? We’d want to know more about the situation, if for no other reason but curiosity. And it might be good to look to see how I might protect myself and those I love.

While in a devastating famine (“severe in all the earth,” Gen. 41:57), Jacob and his sons wondered what to do about it – trying to make a plan. Jacob said to his sons, “Why are you staring at one another? … I have heard there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy some for us … so that we might live and not die.” (Gen. 42:1-2)

These days we seem to stare at one another (or the TV) — looking for a solution.

Well, it might be good to look up! Psalm 121 says, “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from whence shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”  (Ps. 121:1-2)

Isaiah 45:22 says, “Turn to Me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God and there is no other.”

The prophet Micah wrote, “But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy (anxiety, fear). Though I fall I will rise; though I dwell in darkness, the Lord is a light for me.” (Mic. 7:7-8)

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.Therefore will we not fear, though the earth should change, And though the mountains be shaken into the heart of the seas Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, Though the mountains tremble with the swelling thereof. (Psalms 46:1-3)

Yes, look up and see the mighty, sovereign, loving God sitting on His throne. He’s got it all under control.

 

Originally published at Ruth Graham’s blog. Used by permission.

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