IS THE WORLD STEALING YOUR PEACE?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Blog, Devotions, Uncategorized | 9 comments

When we listen to or watch the news and hear of tragic or sad events, it is easy to get discouraged. When we, or the people we love, are going through difficult times our hearts are heavy and we long to transform the circumstances. It’s easy to wonder where God is, and why He allows these things to happen.

We live in a fallen world where evil, disaster, disease, and death seem to have free reign, and those are the events that seem to get news coverage. It’s important to remember that there are also stories of courage, sacrifice, kindness, and generosity that are taking place all around us. These incidents could touch our hearts and lift our spirit just as powerfully, but they rarely command the same amount of press time. 

As Christians, we know Who is triumphant. The whole story has been written and we know the ending ― that evil, disease and death will cease and Jesus will reign over all.

“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.” John 16:33 NIV

Until then, we can center our hearts and minds on the Lord. A great way to sheet of musicdo that is to list all the things for which we are thankful. Listening to hymns, praise songs, and inspirational music can also inspire and lift us. These tools don’t alter the circumstances, but it changes us, and our perspective as we go through trials.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:4-9

The Lord has given each of us a platform, and prepared places for us to be an encouragement to others. When we choose to be the light, and do His will in the localities where He has placed us, He blesses us.

  If you need a song to encourage your heart today, listen to one of my favorites, My Jesus My Saviour by Michael W. Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqSQvoinDE4&list=PLh9KTH-y7X5URgvGx6VKf2ePhrcEe-BLIRainbow

9 Comments

  1. Oh, Janet, what a timely article, so filled with words of comfort and wisdom. Thank you for helping my day start with godly peace and knowledge.

    • I’m so glad you found it helpful, Cynthia. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Thank you, Janet, for these words of encouragement. They are gentle reminders that God is in control of all things. I can trust Him to be faithful everyday no matter what the circumstances are in my life. Thank you, Lord!

    • Kathy, I think we all need that reminder periodically. I’m glad if it encouraged you.

  3. “The Lord has given each of us a platform, and prepared places for us to be an encouragement to others.” Such wise words! God expects us to look past the circumstances and focus not just on finding peace for ourselves, but to help others find that peace in Him. Truer words were never spoken. Thanks for the reminder that we all need desperately.

    • Thank you, Elaine. A lot on my heart lately, so if I can encourage others with the encouragement I’ve received, it’s a blessing.

  4. Janet, thank you for this post. When I find myself terrified of what is happening in our world it is so easy to give in to that panic. I am constantly saying out loud, God Is In Control! Fear is not of God! So reading your post helps me to get back on the right track. Thank you for sharing these tools. Blessings!

    • Thanks Judy for stopping by. Sometimes it just helps to be reminded of what we already know.

      • Yes it does!