These days are tough times for many people. Some are afraid to leave their homes. Others are now homeschooling their kids. People have lost their jobs. Numbers are going up. Numbers are going down. Patience is running thin. Some are wondering when this craziness will ever end.
Someone in my family was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Surgery is being scheduled. Another family member has family members who were impacted by the explosion in Beirut. They are safe for the moment, but daily provisions are uncertain. Another family member is recovering from major surgery and doing well with her daily physical therapy. And she’s seven years old.
There are people who are coping with this pandemic crisis by drinking daily. When that wasn’t a normal thing for them. They’re trying to cope with the unexpected changes in life. Because life isn’t going so well this year.
There are businesses that had great plans for the future but now find themselves in bankruptcy. There are families who find they can no longer meet their monthly payments. There are people who qualified for unemployment benefits but haven’t received a check.
Oh. These are troubled times.
There are years that ask questions and years that answer.Zora Neale Hurston
There is a presidential election in less than three months. The results could send this country and the world into even more chaos. Regardless of who wins. It’s a wait and see kind of year. Everyone is holding their breath and can’t seem to exhale.
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:15
These are indeed troubled times.
Sports seasons have been canceled. School semesters have moved online. Church services are streaming live. High school seniors feel their senior year has been stolen from them.
People are searching like they have never searched before. But what are they looking for?
Peace. Freedom. Calm. Structure. Contentment. Understanding. Patience. Relief. Normal.
People want their lives to be normal again. But what does that even look like anymore? Are we looking at a new normal that we just keep fighting?
Have you found what you’re looking for yet? Are you looking in the right place? Do you that know peace can be found?
Did you know that peace is a gift from God? And he is the source of all peace.
What does the peace that comes from Christ even look like? What does that mean?
Imagine if we lived in a world where peace reigned instead of chaos and confusion. Imagine the life we could have. I have to ask myself. Does peace rule every one of my relationships? Do I think peace before striking the first blow of revenge? Or slinging the first word of accusation and judgment? Does the thought of peace guide my conversations and actions? Does peace rule my emotions?
Oh, troubled soul. Peace is a command that God speaks to us. We are called to live in peace with each other. Peace can only be commonplace if it comes from Christ. Nothing else gives lasting peace. Nothing. If we can’t find peace in these troubled days, then we’re looking for peace in all the wrong places.
Because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel. Philippians 4:7
Yes. These are troubled times. But peace is possible in the midst of the storm. Spend time with God. Actually, open the Bible and read God’s word. Let it saturate your heart and mind. Trust God. Don’t just say you trust God. Actually let go of your need to control everything and let God do his job. Oh. It isn’t easy. But it is possible. God will give peace in difficult times. He may not do everything the way we want, but His will and ways are perfect. So let’s trust him. And dare to see what happens in our hearts. Even when life isn’t perfect.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16