From the beheading of Christians on our TV screens, to the bombing of innocent people from Boston to Paris by terrorist suicide bombers, not a day goes by that we are not confronted with horrific events that lead us to fear for ours and our childrens’ future. We wonder how life will be different for the next generation and can only imagine the worst. After all, there is such evil in the world.
God is not surprised by the events of recent days, months and years. He has known from the foundations of the earth that mankind’s choices would lead him down a path away from Him. The battle of good vs evil is nothing new. But, God also knows how the story ends… and that when Christ comes again, truth and goodness will win as Satan is defeated and cast into the lake of fire forever. I want to be on the winning team, how about you?
But the question remains…how can we have peace in the uncertain times in which we live?
Well, first of all, in order to have inner peace, one must have a relationship with the “Prince of Peace” himself…Jesus Christ. The Bible speaks of the peace that only He can give. In Isaiah 26:3 it says, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” In order to know peace we must trust in someone higher than ourselves…someone who is all powerful…someone who sustains this physical earth and everything in it by his very breath.
Also in John 16:33, in talking with his disciples, Jesus said, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” You see, God warned us that life would not be a bed of roses. But that if we believe in the “overcomer”, we will have victory with him in the end.
In Philippians 4:6-7, the apostle Paul reminds us to not be anxious but to take our fears to God. He writes, “Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
If you are a believer, no matter what happens to your physical body, at the end of your life, you will see God and reside with him forever. That should bring us an enormous amount of peace. As much as others may disagree, God is still in control… and He can bring us peace amidst this world’s desperate situations and horrific events.
I know my God lives. I know my God loves me with an everlasting love. I know my God wins in the end…the Bible tells me so. And I know that if I want peace regarding my children’s’ future, then I will introduce them to the king of kings so that they, too, will know the peace and assurance that only He can bring.
“I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.” Isaiah 13:11