When we look at the world nowadays, life seems out of control. People argue and demean the integrity of others, disregard the value of respect, and disown us if our opinions differ from theirs. With the continuous threat of COVID-19 and the controversies over political issues, protecting the values of home and family may get lost among the chaos.
We get caught up in the uncertainties of truth in the news, slander on social media, and an overall disregard for authority. These traits may have been around for years, but maybe I’ve finally reached the age to take notice and realize the world would be in a better place if everyone could find some sort of peace in their lives.
Are we prone to living in fear? Afraid of our government’s status and finding truth in the conflicting elections. We fear contracting a virus during this pandemic and fear not being able to care for our families because of stay-at-home orders and the dangers of businesses closing?
How do we overcome the worries and threats of these daily dilemmas? Is it possible to find harmony amid uncertain circumstances? Of course, but we must release them to God and seek peace.
In all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37 NIV.
We have a deliverer who can heal our inner turmoil, but we must choose to let go of all negativity, forgive our fellow man, whether right or wrong and focus on Jesus—who matters most. Keep our eyes on Him and trust Him in all things.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3 NIV.
Anytime I feel the stresses of life weighing me down, I force myself to refocus, bask in His presence, and reclaim inner peace. This isn’t an act of denial of the concerns at hand. It’s an act of obedience that Christ will grant me His peace, so I can face the issues with a clear, untroubled mind.
Choose your battles. Not every disagreement is worth the turmoil of an argument.
Choose your words wisely because once spoken, you can’t take them back.
Seek the Lord, surrender your all, and allow Him to take control of every situation.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 NIV.
He is our perfect peace.
May you rest in Him this Christmas season and always.
Merry Christmas and a blessed and Happy New Year!