It is so hard these days to watch the news. I come away so overwhelmed by the sad events of the day, violence in the middle east, terrorist cells in Africa, plane crashes, shootings and all manners of heartache that permeate the media. Some days I don’t want to listen to world news because truly there is no “Good News”.
Here in Canada, the Supreme Court has now allowed for doctor-assisted suicide to be legal. It’s a slippery slope when we allow euthanasia to be legal. Certainly they say there will be set “guidelines” in place to discourage abuse. It’s almost laughable…guidelines on what criteria must be in place in order for someone to take the life of someone else. What ever happened to “Thou shalt not kill”?
We live in a crazy world.
It is hard to believe that God is in control when everything suggests that we live in an out of control world. I wonder if He has abandoned us to our vices and sin and is just waiting for us to destroy ourselves so He can come in after-the-fact and start over. He’d be justified.
Where’s the peace?
One of my most popular blog posts is a list of 25 Encouraging Bible Verses to give you peace. It is perused thousands of times every single day! There are so many people who are feeling the weight of the world, so to speak, on their shoulders. Many are carrying heavy burdens as some of their comments testify to. They are crying out for peace! It seems almost too simplistic to say, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” ( Peter 5:7) but HE DOES!
God does not promise that we will be free of troubles, in fact He promises that we WILL have troubles but in the midst of those troubles He promises to give us peace…a peace that surpasses understanding.
I agree there’s no peace in this world until everyone run to the king of peace, who is Jesus.
I am getting ready to take a walk around a very peaceful place, yet the reality is that our world is in chaos and far from peaceful. And it is easy to wonder where is God in all of this. However, John 14:27 tells me: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
This is a good reminder to me that as I walk today to pray for the nations and leave the outcome in His capable hands.
Lyn, what a great post! I believe we all feel like you stated in the first couple of paragraphs of this post. We are studying 1 Peter in Precept Bible Study this time and my heart was pricked when Peter admonished us about always being in that state of “…joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8 NAS). We are in week five of our study and have taken apart this first chapter phrase by phrase. All I can do is bow before God’s amazing grace (salvation), which is what the word grace means. He is our hope and the Rock on which we stand.
Don’t know about the rest of you, but I have to remind myself…often…that He said “Stand firm.” He didn’t say “charge.” And sometimes that means turning off the TV and sitting in my swing in the back yard contemplating the wonders of Sovereign God.