There’s no doubt about it!  We’re living in troubled times. The news is full of weather related catastrophes, people are starving in parts of Africa, government leaders are corrupt, innocent people are getting killed in war ravaged countries, and on it goes.  With news like that, one could become seriously depressed or alarmed.  Yet, is Bible prophecy not being fulfilled?  (Matthew 24:6-14)  Most of the things that happen, we can do little about, but as Christians, there are some things we can keep in mind.

  1. God is always with us.  Matthew 28:20 tells us, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”.  Paul, in his letter to the Romans, states, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”. (Romans 8:38-39)  That doesn’t mean that we will not have to endure difficult times, but we know that the one who loves us beyond all measure is right there with us.  We are not alone.
  2. We need not fear.  God, when speaking to the Israelites, said, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  In John 14:27, Jesus says, “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you.  I do not give it as the world does.  Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid”.  We can choose to not let fear and anxiety control our lives.  Like Peter, when he stepped out of the boat to walk on the water to Jesus, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus and not be distracted by everything that is going on in the world around us.
  3. We have hope.  Because Jesus died on the cross for our sins, we have the assurance of eternal like.  Surely, that is something that should fill us with joy.  John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life”.
  4. Trust God.  How often do we forget to do this or are unable to simply let go and let God?  Proverbs 3:5-6 states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  That’s not easy for those of us who like to be in control.  Nonetheless, that’s what God encourages us to do, and it’s absolutely essential if we are to live successfully and in peace.

What do we need to do then in the midst of all the turmoil?  We just need to keep on keeping on.  We need to remember and follow the admonition of Jesus when he said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Matthew 22:37-39)  When we focus on carrying out these commandments, we’ll have little time to fret.