“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken,” Psalm 62:5-6.
The Ides of March (from the Latin: Idus Martii) is the name given to the 15th March in the calendar of the Roman Empire. It’s a name that probably had something to do with the day of the full moon. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July and October, and the 13th day of the other months. The Ides of March though was set aside as a festive to the Roman god, Mars, with parades (military) and some partying.
However, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was stabbed (23 times) to death in the Roman Senate led by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus and 60 other conspirators. On his way to the Theatre of Pompey(where he would be assassinated), Caesar supposedly saw a fortune teller who had foretold that harm would come to him not later than the Ides of March. Caesar joked, “Well, the Ides of March have come”, to which the seer replied, “Ay, they have come, but they are not gone.” This meeting is dramatized in William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned to “Beware the Ides of March”.
It’s almost like every day has become “The Ides of March”. Earthquake after tornado after nuclear disaster after nations in rebellion after screaming mobs of protestors after rising prices in gasoline and lowering numbers employed and in savings or 401Ks. It’s almost like, “Beware every day!” It almost makes us think that the God of protection and stability has exited and left us on our own.
It would not be correct to think that God abandons us or say to the Lord, “Et tu…God” (the way Caesar said to Brutus, “Et tu Brute” [which means: “You too, Brutus” as Brutus stabbed him]). No, a gracious God often allows our world to quake so that we will turn to Him again and again. Jesus established such a relationship with His cross and empty tomb. As redeemed children of God we turn in trouble – on the Ides of March and every day – with this confidence: “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken,” Psalm 62:5-6.